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

Nahid J. Rianon, Min Jae Lee, Jude K. des Bordes, Mohammad H. Rahbar, Michael H. Weisman, John D. Reveille

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-487
Number of pages3
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • chronic back pain
  • late onset
  • primary care
  • spondylitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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