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Anti-TNF response rates in radiographic and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthropathy
  1. David McCormick1,
  2. Jonathan McKnight2,
  3. Adrian Pendleton3
  1. 1Department of Rheumatology, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  2. 2Belfast, UK
  3. 3Rheumatology Department, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David McCormick, Department of Rheumatology, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK; djtmcc{at}

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With recent evolution of classification systems for axial spondyloarthropathy to include non-radiographic disease, there has been an increasing emphasis to treat inflammatory back pain early, potentially aiming to halt disease progression and prevent chronic damage. Current National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) criteria for commencement of anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) therapy in spondyloarthropathy are based on the modified New York criteria of 1984. As such, this requires radiographic changes based on plain …

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