What is the role of nontreponemal and treponemal tests in the workup of ophthalmologic manifestations of ankylosing spondylitis?

Updated: May 15, 2020
  • Author: Jean Deschênes, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Nontreponemal tests such as the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test are useful to monitor the response to treatment and reactivation. Treponemal tests such as the fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA-ABS) test should be performed to rule out syphilis as a cause of the uveitis.


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