[Seminar] Axial spondyloarthritis
The term axial spondyloarthritis covers both patients with non-radiographic and radiographic axial spondyloarthritis, which is also termed ankylosing spondylitis. The disease usually starts in the third decade of life with a male to female ratio of two to one for radiographic axial spondyloarthritis and of one to one for non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. More than 90% heritabilty has been estimated, the highest genetic association being with HLA-B27. The pathogenic role of HLA-B27 is still not clear although various hypotheses are available.