Spondyloarthropathies: an overview

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Spondyloarthropathies are important and common inflammatory arthropathies that occur in approximately 2% of the population. They are often underrecognized. The diagnosis features the presence of asymmetrical, predominately lower limb arthritis and/or inflammatory back pain. The spondyloarthropathies can be subdivided into several disease subcategories, including ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s/reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease-associated arthritis and a large group of undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. The interactions between infectious agents and the individual’s genetic background are important aetiological factors. Therapies for these conditions include physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and disease-modifying drugs. (Intern Med J 2002; 32: 40–46)

Keywords: psoriatic arthritis; reactive arthritis; spondyloarthropathy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1445-5994.2002.00132.x

Affiliations: 1: School of Pathology, University of New South Wales and 2: The Institute of Rheumatology and Orthopaedics, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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