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Recently, the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) and European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) recommendations on the management of AS have been published, based on a thorough analysis of the available literature and on a meeting of spondyloarthritides (SpA) experts. These recommendations are shown in Figures 6.1 and 6.2 [54]. Non-drug approaches are part of the therapy at all stages of the disease. For the predominantly axial manifestation, the treatment options are limited to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as a kind of basic treatment, followed by tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-blocker therapy if this conventional treatment fails. If the clinical picture is dominated by peripheral symptoms such as arthritis or enthesitis, treatment with sulfasalazine and/or local steroid injection should be tried first before TNF blockers are considered.

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Sieper, J., Braun, J. (2009). Management of ankylosing spondylitis. In: Clinician’s Manual on Ankylosing Spondylitis. Springer, Tarporley. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-907673-30-6_6

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