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Ankylosing Spondylitis


Release Date:   February 6, 2013
Estimated Time of Completion: 15 minutes


The Rheumatology Highlights Report Series is designed for the busy clinician. It provides highlights from key scientific presentations and/or abstracts presented at the national rheumatology meeting. Clinical experts attending this meeting have selected the most significant data to report. Each activity is a 15-minute presentation. Enhancements include downloadable audio, slide sets, and list of related abstracts.

This report reviews diagnosis and therapeutic management of spondyloarthritis, including axial and peripheral spondyloarthritis.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss markers with diagnostic potential in ankylosing spondylitis.

  2. Review recent data on the prevalence of spondyloarthritis in patients with uveitis.

  3. Review the efficacy and safety of anti-TNF agents in axial and peripheral (non-psoriatic) spondyloarthritis.

Target Audience

This activity is directed to rheumatologists, immunologists, clinical researchers, and allied health professionals, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Activity Director and Faculty

Activity Director

Leonard H. Calabrese, DO
Professor of Medicine
R.J. Fasenmyer Chair of Clinical Immunologybr /> Vice Chairman, Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases
Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio


Christopher Ritchlin, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY


The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In no event will The Cleveland Clinic Foundation be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.


In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education requires resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias.

The following faculty have indicated that they may have a relationship which, in the context of their presentations, could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Leonard H. Calabrese, DO

Amgen Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Centocor, Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Sanofi Aventis

Consulting, Teaching & Speaking
Consulting, Teaching & Speaking
Consulting, Teaching & Speaking
Consulting, Teaching & Speaking
Consulting, Data Safety Monitoring Board

Christopher Ritchlin, MD

Abbott Laboratories
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Support for Psoriasis Center URMC
Consulting; Independent contractor (including contracted research)
Consulting; Independent contractor (including contracted research)

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This CME activity was produced by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education and Digestive Disease Institute.

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