Shear wave elastography evaluation of liver, pancreas, spleen and kidneys in patients with familial mediterranean fever and amyloidosis

Bayramoglu Z., Sari Z. N. A., Koker O., Adaletli I., Omeroglu R. E.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY, vol.94, no.1128, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 94 Issue: 1128
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1259/bjr.20210237
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: Amyloid deposits in a visceral organ can contribute to tissue stiffness that could be measured with shear wave elastography (SWE). We aimed to investigate changes in organ stiffness in conjunction with laboratory parameters in patients with Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) and amyloidosis. Methods: This prospective study included 27 FMF patients, 11 patients with amyloidosis, and 38 healthy controls. Median shear wave elasticity values of the liver, spleen, both kidneys, and pancreas on SWE were compared among study and control groups. The mean values of CRP (C-reactive protein) and ESR (erythro-cyte sedimentation rate) were compared by the t-test and the median of SAA (serum amyloid A protein) was compared with the Mann-Whitney U test between FMF groups with and without amyloidosis. Spearman's corre-lation analysis was performed to reveal the association between stiffness values and laboratory parameters. Results: The median liver, spleen, kidney, and pancreas elasticity values were significantly higher in the FMF group with amyloidosis compared to control subjects. The median kidney stiffness values in the FMF group with or without amyloidosis were significantly higher compared to control subjects. Median liver stiffness values in FMF patients with amyloidosis were signifi-cantly higher than FMF patients without amyloidosis. There were statistically significant positive correlations between the CRP (p = 0.001, r = 0.56), ESR (p = 0.001, r = 0.61), and SAA (p = 0.002, r = 0.53) levels with spleen stiffness, and CRP (p = 0.006, r = 0.48) and ESR (p = 0.001,r = 0.61) levels with pancreas stiffness, and ESR (p = 0.004, r = 0.51) levels with the left kidney stiffness. Conclusion: SWE could be a potential tool for nonin-vasive follow- up of FMF patients and also amyloid deposition. Advances in knowledge: Both acute inflammation and amyloidosis in the FMF patients could increase organ stiffness.