Is Spondyloarthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis the same?

Question

Is ‘spondyloarthritis’ the same as ankylosing spondylitis?

Answer

There is a group of diseases called the ‘Spondyloarthropathies’ encompasses several different diseases which include: ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy, and inflammatory bowel disease-associated arthritis. Although each of these diseases is unique and has unique characteristics, all of them can involve inflammation of the axial skeleton (spine and sacroiliac joints) which is unique from RA.

Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS

About Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University