Joachim Sieper is a Professor of Rheumatology at the Benjamin Franklin Campus of the Charité Berlin. In an interview with online editor Eva Reidemeister, he reveals why the term “Bechterew’s disease” is outdated and why we speak of axial spondyloarthritis today.

Now one might ask: What does the most beautiful Christmas cookie with medical relevance actually look like? Does an entire dough skeleton fit in the oven? And what ingredients is such a cookie made of for Santa Claus, M.D.? With the BerlinCaseViewer the matter was clear: Under the banner of biscuitology, we would bake sacroiliitis, syndesmophytes and the like.

With the “Ankle & Foot” module, doctors have the opportunity to sharpen their eye for the different conditions. On the basis of twelve cases, Professor Iris Eshed from Israel introduces the systematics of these diseases and shows how they can be differentiated from one another. In the course of this, osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis are compared, whereby rheumatic disease in particular is often difficult to recognize in practice. Tumors are added to the range of differential diagnoses.