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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 In an interview with online editor Eva Reidemeister, he reveals why the term “Bechterew’s disease” is outdated and why we speak of axial spondyloarthritis today.

From January 17th to 18th Kay G. Hermann and Denis Poddubnyy headed to Houston, Texas, USA. At the annual meeting of the ASAS (Assessment of SpondyloArthritis – International Society) everything revolved around early diagnosis of and improved treatment strategies for axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA), because grievous disease progressions with stiffenings and deformities are less common if diagnosed early. But what approaches do exist for sensitizing doctors in the area of diagnosing spondyloarthritis?

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