SPONDYLOARTHROPATHIES: Edited by Joerg ErmannThe management of enthesitis in clinical practiceKoppikar, Sahila,b; Eder, Lihia,bAuthor Information aDivision of Rheumatology, Women's College Hospital bDepartment of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Correspondence to Lihi Eder, Women's College Research Institute, Room 6326, Women's College Hospital, 76 Grenville Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1B2, Canada. Tel: +1 416 323 6344; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's Website (www.co-rheumatology.com). Current Opinion in Rheumatology: July 2020 - Volume 32 - Issue 4 - p 380-386 doi: 10.1097/BOR.0000000000000715 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Purpose of review Enthesitis is a hallmark feature of the spondyloarthropathies (SpA). This review provides an overview of recent insights on diagnosis and management of enthesitis. Recent findings Recent studies support the use of imaging for diagnosis because of its higher sensitivity and specificity compared with clinical examination. Several new MRI and ultrasound scoring systems have been developed for enthesitis, which may facilitate the use of imaging in research. Enthesitis has been evaluated as a primary study outcome mainly in psoriatic arthritis (PsA); however, the use of different indices and definitions of improvement limits comparison across studies. There is very limited information about the efficacy of synthetic disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for the treatment of enthesitis. In contrast, targeted and biologic DMARDs have all shown efficacy in treating enthesitis compared with placebo. There have been only a few head-to-head trials that compared two different cytokine inhibitors for the treatment of enthesitis. Preliminary data suggest that targeting IL-17 or IL12/23 may be more efficacious for controlling enthesitis than TNF inhibition. Summary Emerging data suggest interleukin-17 and 12/23 inhibitors may be the first choice in PsA patients with enthesitis. Further head-to-head studies are needed before making definitive recommendations. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.