How should the physical exam be focused in the evaluation of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence H Brent, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Focus the physical examination on active and passive ROM of the axial and peripheral joints. Tenderness in the SI joints is common. Peripheral enthesitis is often identified by tenderness and swelling of tendons and ligamentous insertions. [5]


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