Spondylarthropathy

Below you will find more information about Spondylarthropathy from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Spondylarthropathy it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Spondylarthropathy and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Spondylarthropathy comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Spondylarthropathy refers to a group of closely related inflammatory conditions affecting the sacroiliac joints, spine and in some cases other joints as well. Also referred to as seronegative arthropathy, this condition also involves other conditions such as inflammation of the urethra, alternating buttock pain, acute diarrhea, psoriasis, sacroiliitis or inflammatory bowel disease. Ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and reactive arthritis are some of the disorders within this group.

Diagnosis

Diagnostic procedures for spondylarthropathy include serology testing, X-ray of the sacroiliac joints, MRI on lumbar spine, and serum urate to detect rheumatoid factor. The choice of diagnostic procedure will greatly depend on the clinical presentation of the condition.

Treatment

Some cases of spondylarthropathy can be treated by means of joint replacement surgery. Other treatment plans include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the symptoms of pain. Physical therapy and related discipline may also be beneficial.

Symptoms and Signs

Since spondylarthropathy refers to a group of conditions, symptoms may vary and overlap usually depending on the specific inflammatory condition the patient is suffering from. The following are only some of the most common and remarkable symptom of spondylarthropathy: ò Pain in the affected area ò Morning stiffness ò Fever and weight loss ò Extraarticular manifestations or symptoms

Causes

The real cause of spondylarthropathy is unknown but risk factors include family history of spondylarthropathy and individuals who are HLA-B27 positive.

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