Ankylosing spondylitis: diagnosis and management
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Ankylosing spondylitis: diagnosis and management

Deborah Bond Lead biologics specialist nurse, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath

This article provides an overview of ankylosing spondylitis, including signs and symptoms, diagnosis and management. The article focuses on the difficulties and delays associated with diagnosing this chronic inflammatory disease and developments in diagnostic criteria. Changes in the management of patients with the disease are also discussed, particularly in light of anti-tumour necrosis factor therapy.

Nursing Standard. 28, 16, 52-59. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 23 April 2013

Accepted: 18 October 2013