In case you missed it: What Is Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpA)?

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Monday, March 28, 2016

From the Spring 2013 Issue of Spondylitis Plus

A relatively new term has been seen more and more in medical literature over the past few years: Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA). This specific classification of spondyloarthritis was originally developed by the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis international Society (ASAS).

Dr. Jim Rosenbaum, Division Chief of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases at the Oregon Health & Science University, and past chair of SAA's Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, describes AxSpA thusly:

"Once upon a time, we refused to diagnose ankylosing spondylitis unless the x-rays of the sacroiliac joints were abnormal.

"The problem is that the disease can be mild or it can take years before the x-rays show changes. And even when the x-rays are abnormal, interpretation is always subject to some debate.

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