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New approaches in ankylosing spondylitis

Matt Brown and Linda A Bradbury
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (5): 192-194. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01111

There have been marked improvements in treatment options but none have yet been shown to induce remission

The past decade has seen major advances in the diagnosis and management of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and in research into its pathogenesis. It remains the case that no current treatments have been shown to lead to disease remissions or to halt the progression of the bony ankylosis that causes the major morbidity associated with this condition. Nonetheless, improved diagnostic methods and management have led to major benefits for patients, with marked improvements in quality of life with reduced treatment-associated side effects.

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  • Matt Brown
  • Linda A Bradbury

  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD

Correspondence: matt.brown@qut.edu.au

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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