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What is spinal enthesopathy?

06/25/2000

Question:

Would you please tell me what spinal enthesopathy is and what it is caused by?

Answer:

The word enthesopathy means inflammation of a tendon, ligament, or cartilage at its insertion into bone. Spinal enthesopathies occur in a group of disorders known as the spondyloarthropathies, which include ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and the inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Response by:

Larry   Houk, MD Larry Houk, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati