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

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • 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 - This consultation is indicated for evaluation and management of ongoing medical treatment of patients with AS; additional coexisting spondyloarthropathies can be assessed

  • Ophthalmologist - This consultation is indicated for patients with symptoms of acute anterior uveitis

  • Gastroenterologist - This consultation is indicated for patients with symptoms suggesting coexisting IBD

  • Cardiologist - This consultation is indicated for patients with cardiac involvement, including aortitis or heart block

  • Physical therapist or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist - This consultation is indicated for all patients

  • Surgeon (orthopedic, neurologic, or both)

  • Geneticist - Patients may be referred for genetic counseling to assess questions regarding the probabilities of relatives developing the disease

  • 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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