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Archive for January, 2011

Axial Spondyloarthritis Seen in 1 in 5 Young Adults With Chronic Back Pain

A good summary of the findings of the study, the story states, “Approximately 20% of cases of chronic low back pain in younger adults seen in primary care settings might be caused by spondyloarthritis…”

“The results suggest that spondyloarthritis is underdiagnosed as a cause of chronic back pain in the general population.”

via Press – News – 463 – FOLLOW-UP: Axial Spondyloarthritis Seen in 1 in 5 Young Adults With Chronic Back Pain.

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Efficacy in current practice of switching between anti-tumour necrosis factor-a agents in spondyloarthropathies

The Tumor-Necrosis-Factor alpha (TNF-a) blockers are biologic medications that have shown great promise in treating ankylosing spondylitis. They have been shown to be highly effective in treating not only the arthritis of the joints but the spinal arthritis associated with ankylosing spondylitis and related diseases.

This study looked at the effectiveness of switching between TNF-a medications to see if one would work when another had not.

The authors conclude that, “In the event of failure or intolerance to anti-TNF-a in the treatment of [spondyloarthropathies], performing a first or second switch produces a satisfactory therapeutic response.

via Press – News – 462 – Efficacy in current practice of switching between anti-tumour necrosis factor-a agents in spondyloarthropathies.

Diet, disease activity, and gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

From the study’s abstract, “The aims of this study were to investigate, firstly, the relationship between diet and disease activity and, secondly, the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms and their relationship to diet among patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS).”

The study’s authors concluded that, “in a group of Swedish AS patients, no correlation between diet and disease activity could be detected. There were, however, correlations between diet and gastrointestinal pain. Gastrointestinal problems were also found to be prevalent in AS, independent of NSAID usage.”

via Press – News – 460 – Diet, disease activity, and gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

Classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis/axial spondyloarthritis

Classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis/axial spondyloarthritis

Posted on: 12/6/2010

Classification criteria for spondyloarthritis has been constantly evolving as new research presents itself and the group of diseases is better understoood.An article in Clinical Rheumatology states that, “new criteria for psoriatic arthritis have been developed recently.”The authors state, “These criteria were validated in the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society ASAS study on new classification criteria for axial SpA, a large international prospective study. In this new criteria, sacroiliitis showing up on MRI has been given as much weight as sacroiliitis on radiographs, thereby also identifying patients with early axial SpA.

via Press – News – 459 – Classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis/axial spondyloarthritis.