Diagnosing Spondyloarthritis

Question

My wife has been diagnosed with Spondyloarthritis in her knee. No other joints are affected, is the diagnosis likely to be correct

Answer

The term spondyloarthritis refers to a group of inflammatory arthritis conditions that can as part of their disease courses involve the spinal joints, but this does not always occur.  Some of the forms of arthritis that are within this category include psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and the arthritis related to inflamatory bowel diseases.  Many other patients have what we refer to as “undifferentiated”” spondyloarthritis.  One of the other characteristics of these illnesses is the frequent involvement of only one or two joints

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