Referral strategies for early diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis

  title={Referral strategies for early diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis},
  author={Mart{\'i}n Rudwaleit and Joachim Sieper},
  journal={Nature Reviews Rheumatology},
The spectrum of HLA-B27-associated inflammatory spine diseases is referred to as axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). AxSpA encompasses established ankylosing spondylitis (AS) but also nonradiographic axSpA, and can be classified according to the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society classification criteria for axSpA. Specific and effective therapy for axSpA includes education, physiotherapy, NSAIDs and biologic agents, as appropriate. Patients with axSpA, however, are often… CONTINUE READING
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