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2022 Mar

Intern Med J



Chronic inflammatory back pain commencing late in life: a neglected concept.


Rianon NJ, Lee MJ, des Bordes JK, Rahbar MH, Weisman MH, Reveille JD
Intern Med J. 2022 Mar; 52(3):485-487.
PMID: 35307928.


Chronic inflammatory back pain (CIBP) occurs in up to one-third of those with chronic back pain. Criteria for diagnosis of inflammatory back pain include an onset below 50 years. Using the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data for 2009-2010, we showed that 3% of adults aged 50-69 years have features of CIBP with onset on or after 50 years. There is little information in the literature on CIBP of late onset. Patients with late onset CIBP may be falling through the cracks.