Until recently, spondyloarthritis (spon-di-low-ar-THRI-tis) didn’t receive much attention. It’s now generating more interest, in part because it’s diagnosed more often and there are better ways to treat it, says rheumatologist Philip Mease, MD, a professor at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
Spondyloarthritis, also known as spondyloarthropathy, is a family of inflammatory, rheumatic diseases that includes ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, enteropathic arthritis (associated with inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD) as well as indeterminate arthritis (symptoms that don’t fit in other categories). These conditions have some key features in common. For example, they often attack the spine (axial ...more