SPONDYLOARTHROPATHIES: How should axial spondyloarthritis be diagnosed?

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Results from a cohort study are challenging the diagnostic algorithm proposed by the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society by showing that rheumatologists are not always confirming a diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis in patients with multiple features of spondyloarthritis. How will these results affect the future development of classification criteria?

Refers to Ez-Zaitouni, Z. et al. Presence of multiple spondyloarthritis (SpA) features is important but not sufficient for a diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis: data from the SPondyloArthritis Caught Early (SPACE) cohort. Ann. Rheum. Dis.http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2016–210119 (2017)

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