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Br J Rheumatol. 1995 Nov;34(11):1074-7.

Inflammatory back pain in primary care.

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Department of Primary Health Care, University of Keele.


Three-hundred-and-thirteen back pain sufferers completed a screening questionnaire for inflammatory back pain. This was positive in 46 (15%), who were invited for a further examination. Only two of these patients had definite ankylosing spondylitis. Eighteen of them (39%) had other features associated with spondyloarthropathy. It is suggested that up to 5% of back pain sufferers may have a mild form of ankylosing spondylitis that may never progress to definite ankylosis, but for whom treatment as if they had ankylosing spondylitis may be of benefit.

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