More than 80% of the population has significant back pain at some point in their life, with 30% of adults in the United States stating they have chronic low back pain at any given time; 5% of whom have inflammatory back pain. Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) affects almost 1.5% of patients with inflammatory back pain; however, the majority of individuals suffering with back pain are not being treated by a rheumatologist, which only exacerbates the challenge to diagnose those with axSpA.
In this subway themed activity, Dr. Leonard Calabrese discusses both radiographic and nonradiographic ankylosing spondylitis in detail, differentiating their diagnostic properties and how to properly treat and manage patients with this inflammatory disease that affects daily function and quality of life. Dr. Calabrese emphasizes appropriate testing and imaging with use of ASAS guidelines to provide an accurate diagnosis, while sharing case examples through disease progression and treatment selection.
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
This activity is intended for rheumatologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare providers who diagnose and manage patients with axial spondyloarthritis.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Eli Lilly.
Leonard Calabrese, DO
Professor of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Director, RJ Fasenmyer Center for Clinical Immunology
- Diagnose ankylosing spondylitis (AS) using ASAS guidelines
- Diagnose non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) using ASAS guidelines
- Utilize validated tools to assess AxSpA disease burden and response to treatment
- Summarize the safety and efficacy of biologic treatments for AxSpA
- Utilize a treat-to-target approach with individualized evidence-based therapy to reduce symptom burden and, when possible, achieve disease remission/low disease activity
Leonard Calabrese, DO
Consultant: AbbVie, Amgen, BMS, Crescendo, Eli Lilly, Genentech, Gilead, GSK, Horizon, Jansen, Kiniksa, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron, Sanofi-Genzyme, UCB
Speakers Bureau: AbbVie, BMS, Genentech, Novartis, Regeneron, Sanofi-Genzyme
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The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Additional Content PlannersVictoria Anderson (Medical Writer)
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Eugene Cullen, MD (Peer Reviewer)
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