Which specialist consultations are helpful in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy (USpA)?

Updated: Feb 02, 2021
  • Author: Lawrence H Brent, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Consultations with the following specialists may be appropriate:

  • Rheumatologist - For evaluation and management of ongoing medical treatment of patients with AS; additional coexisting spondyloarthropathies can be assessed

  • Ophthalmologist - For patients with symptoms of acute anterior uveitis

  • Gastroenterologist - For patients with symptoms suggesting coexisting IBD

  • Cardiologist - For patients with cardiac involvement, including aortitis or heart block

  • Physical therapist or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist - Indicated for all patients

  • Surgeon (orthopedic, neurologic, or both)

  • Support groups - Many patients benefit from various support groups, which can provide further education on the disease process and available treatment options


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