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Coexistence of spondyloarthropathy and multiple sclerosis: a series of 21 cases
  1. D Wendling1,
  2. R-M Flipo2,
  3. M Breban3,
  4. E Bouquillard4,
  5. S Varin5,
  6. E Dernis6,
  7. L Frocrain7,
  8. P Gaborit8,
  9. F Lioté9,
  10. A Martin10,
  11. P Sichère11,12
  1. 1
    Department of Rheumatology, University Teaching Hospital, Franche-Comté University, Besançon, France
  2. 2
    Department of Rheumatology, University Teaching Hospital, Lille, France
  3. 3
    Department of Rheumatology, University Teaching Hospital, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  4. 4
    Rheumatology Office, Saint-Pierre de la Réunion, France
  5. 5
    Department of Rheumatology, La Roche-sur-Yon Hospital, La Roche-sur-Yon, France
  6. 6
    Department of Rheumatology, Le Mans Hospital, Le Mans, France
  7. 7
    Rheumatology Office, Challans, France
  8. 8
    Department of Rheumatology, Orange Hospital, Orange, France
  9. 9
    Department of Rheumatology, University Teaching Hospital Lariboisière, Paris, France
  10. 10
    Department of Rheumatology, Saint-Brieuc Hospital, Saint-Brieuc, France
  11. 11
    Rheumatology Office, Paris, France
  12. 12
    Club Rhumatismes et Inflammation of the French Society for Rheumatology (SFR)
  1. Professor D Wendling, Department of Rheumatology, University Teaching Hospital Minjoz, Franche-Comté University, Boulevard Fleming, F-25030 Besançon, France; dwendling{at}chu-besancon.fr

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The association of spondyloarthropathy (SpA) with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the same patient is seldom reported. The aim of this study was to collect cases of association of SpA with MS, to describe their main characteristics and to study the potential influence of one disease upon the other.

This retrospective study included patients fulfilling criteria for SpA according to Amor’s criteria and for MS according to McDonald’s criteria.

Twenty-one cases were collected (table 1), 10 men and 11 women. The diagnosis of SpA precedes the diagnosis of MS in 14 cases. The mean age at diagnosis for SpA was …

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