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Comment on ‘Diagnostic delay in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis: results from the Danish nationwide DANBIO registry’
  1. Ernst Feldtkeller1,
  2. Martin Rudwaleit2
  1. 1Deutsche Vereinigung Morbus Bechterew, München, Germany
  2. 2Endokrinologikum Berlin, and Charité University Medicine, Berlin, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Professor Ernst Feldtkeller, Deutsche Vereinigung Morbus Bechterew, Michaeliburgstr. 15, München D-81671, Germany; e.feldtkeller{at}t-online.de

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Sørensen and Hetland state in their article1 and in their reply to a comment by Sykes et al2 a dramatic decrease of the delay in diagnosis for patients with ankylosing spondylitis since the year 2000. The results of their study can be summarised in the following way:

  • For patients with a disease onset 10 years ago and a diagnosis made in the following 10 years, the delay in diagnosis was 0–10 years, average 5 years.

  • For patients with a disease onset 6 years ago and a diagnosis made in the following 6 years, the delay in diagnosis was 0–6 years, average 3 years.

  • And for patients with a disease onset …

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