Ankylosing spondylitis is the prototype of the group of diseases called Spondylarthritis. Currently patients are subgrouped in axial spondylarthritis and peripheral spondylarthritis. New criteria are available so these diseases can be diagnosed earlier, which gives the option of earlier treatment with possibly better outcome. As practicing rheumatologists, it is important to be familiar with these new concepts in diagnosis, assessment and management of spondylarthritis.
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
- discuss the natural history of ankylosing spondylitis and spondylarthritis and its early diagnosis
- describe clinical and radiographic outcome measures used in trials and clinical practice
- summarize available guidelines in the management of ankylosing spondylitis
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