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OBJECTIVE: Epidemiological and experimental studies have suggested that lipid disorders might be involved in the pathophysiology of knee osteoarthritis (OA). Studies assessing the effect of statins on knee OA progression have shown conflicting results. We investigated the impact of statin use on radiological progression in patients with radiological and symptomatic knee OA. METHODS: In total, 336 patients from the placebo arm of SEKOIA trial completed the 3-year follow-up and were included in this post-hoc analysis. Statin use was recorded at baseline interview. Minimal medial tibiofemoral joint space was measured on plain radiographs by an automated method at baseline and then annually. Radiologic progression was defined as joint space narrowing≥0.5mm over 3 years. RESULTS: Overall, 71 patients were statin users (21.1%). They had a higher BMI (31.1±5.3 vs. 29.3±5.2kg/m2, P=0.008), a higher sum of metabolic factors (≥3 factors: 43.7% vs 7.2%; P for trend<0.001) and a higher rate of radiological progression (49.3% vs. 32.1%, P=0.007) as compared to statin non-users. The significant association between radiological progression and statin use was independent of age, gender, WOMAC global score, disease duration, baseline joint space width, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity (BMI>30kg/m2) and cardiovascular diseases [relative risk 1.49 (95% CI: 1.10-2.02), P=0.010]. CONCLUSION: Among patients with knee OA, statin use was associated with radiological worsening over 3 years, regardless of other potential confounding factors (obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, disease duration, symptom intensity and radiological severity).

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.jbspin.2017.09.014

Type

Journal article

Journal

Joint bone spine

Publication Date

10/2018

Volume

85

Pages

609 - 614

Keywords

Dyslipidemia, Knee osteoarthritis, Radiological progression, Statin