Spondyloarthropathies: an overview
Authors: Stafford L.; Youssef P.P.
Source: Internal Medicine Journal, Volume 32, Numbers 1-2, January/February 2002 , pp. 40-46(7)
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, Reiters/reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease-associated arthritis and a large group of undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. The interactions between infectious agents and the individuals 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: 4046)
Document Type: Review article
Publication date: 2002-01-01