8 tips for GPs on spotting ankylosing spondylitis early

Some patients go undiagnosed for years

Getting a patient with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) or spondyloarthropathy on to biologic treatment as soon as possible is important for their quality of life, a leading rheumatologist says.

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Dr Paul Bird, an associate professor at UNSW, says he sees patients who have remained undiagnosed for years, leading to unnecessary disability and, sometimes, depression.

Dr Bird, who will feature at Australian Doctor's upcoming seminar, Maximising Musculoskeletal Health Over