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Keywords:

  • correlation;
  • haemophilic arthropathies;
  • pain;
  • scores

Summary. Haemophilic patients who reached adulthood before the establishment of prophylactic treatment frequently show multiple and substantial arthropathies. The aim of this study was to determine to what extent haemophiliac's subjective impairment due to arthropathies correlates with objective clinical and radiographic parameters. By means of a questionnaire and a visual analogue scale, we consulted 79 haemophiliacs concerning their joint-pain status, how these were treated and to what extent their daily activities had been affected. Using a scoring system suggested by the Advisory Committee of the World Federation of Haemophilia, clinical evaluation was performed. Radiographs of 60 patients were assessed by means of the Petterson scale. The results were statistically compared. We found a significant correlation between pain intensity and clinical pathology as well as between pain intensity and radiographic joint damage for both knees and for the right ankle. The number of painful joints correlated well with the number of clinically/radiographically affected joints. The more pronounced the objective damage to joints, the more frequently patients claimed to have constant pain, depressive episodes and a dependency on pain-relieving medication. The more pronounced the objectively assessed damage to the knee and ankle joint, the higher the likelihood that the patient suffers from severe joint pain and reduction of activity. Treatment of painful symptoms from arthropathies is often insufficient. Scores and questionnaires may help to define the haemophiliacs pain status more clearly, thereby offering a possibility of assessment and long-term observation.