DMARDs for autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases have both revolutionized treatment and increased the risk for infections. These patients should be considered for vaccination with the recommendation of a rheumatologist.
In this slideshow, we take a look at vaccination recommendations recently published in the journal Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology .
The oral therapy filgotinib could be a more effective treatment for patients with active ankylosing spondylitis who fail treatment with NSAIDs, according to the results of a study presented at the Clinical Congress of Rheumatology West in San Diego last month.
In this slideshow, we highlight 12 recommendations for assessing MRI lesions on the sacroiliac joints of patients with spondyloarthritis. The recommendations were made by the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS) MRI working group and published in the British journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases earlier this year.
An international physician group writing in the British journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, has updated recommended parameters that constitute lesions in the sacroiliac joints of patients with spondyloarthritis. The definitions of capsulitis, enthesitis, fat lesion and erosion were revised and new definitions were developed for joint space enhancement, joint space fluid, fat metaplasia in an erosion cavity, ankylosis and bone bud.
Previously, smoking was the sole known modifiable predictor of spinal structural damage, but now alcohol consumption has been shown to be associated with the progression of spinal structural damage in axial spondyloarthritis―specifically by increasing the odds of syndesmophyte progression over two years.
Updated treatment recommendations have been issued for ankylosing spondylitis and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. There are 86 recommendations. In this slideshow, we highlight those categorized as "strongly recommended."
Review shows inconsistencies in infliximab concentrations for patients with spondyloarthritis. More research is needed to determin optimal dosages to achieve a clinical response in spondyloarthritis.
In this slideshow, we revisit some of our most popular stories on spondyloarthritis published in recent weeks. From making an accurate diagnosis to assessing a confusing case of back pain, learn more in this slideshow.
Bone erosion, fat in joint spaces (backfill), and ankylosis visible on MRI could help identify women with axial spondyloarthritis, investigators wrote in a research article published last month in Arthritis & Rheumatology.