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Enthesitis- SPA Referral
Enthesitis refers to inflammation of the entheses, which are the sites where tendons or ligaments attach to the bone. Enthesitis is commonly associated with spondyloarthritis (SPA), a group of inflammatory rheumatic diseases that includes ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, and others. Enthesitis is a hallmark feature of SPA and can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness at the sites of tendon or ligament attachments, often affecting areas such as the spine, pelvis, and peripheral joints. Referral to a specialist, such as a rheumatologist, is crucial for the diagnosis and management of SPA with enthesitis. Rheumatologists are trained to evaluate and treat inflammatory joint and connective tissue disorders, including SPA. The referral may be prompted by symptoms such as persistent joint pain, stiffness, swelling, or signs of inflammation, along with a comprehensive medical history and physical examination.
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Dr. Atheer Alansari
Consultant Rheumatologist, Mediclinic Airport, AUH