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Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2012 Aug;38(3):441-76. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2012.09.003.

Epidemiology of spondyloarthritis.

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Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Spondyloarthritis (SpA) represents a group of interrelated diseases with common clinical features and a close association with HLA-B27. Reports of incidence and prevalence of diseases vary depending on methodological differences between studies, the case definition used to classify disease, and the prevalence of HLA-B27 in the population studied. Newly proposed criteria for axial SpA and peripheral SpA present a new approach to facilitate classification of the SpA into 2 main subtypes and the criteria allow earlier detection of patents with inflammatory back pain. These criteria were developed for use in a (specialized) clinical setting and not for large epidemiologic studies.

PMID:
23083748
PMCID:
PMC4470267
DOI:
10.1016/j.rdc.2012.09.003
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