A diagnostic challenge: degenerative spinal changes are common and can mimic axial spondyloarthritis.
Reference1. de Bruin F, Treyvaud MO, Feydy A, et al. Prevalence of degenerative changes and overlap with spondyloarthritis-associated lesions in the spine of patients from the DESIR cohort. RMD Open. 2018;4:e000657. doi: 10.1136/rmdopen-2018-000657.
Freek de Bruin and colleagues in France found that the majority of patients suspected of having axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) also have degenerative spinal lesions. Although these lesions can mimic the abnormalities associated with axSpA, they can be readily distinguished from each other by trained evaluators.1
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