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A 46-year-old woman with active ankylosing ...

Tumor necrosis factor α

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Rituximab (anti-CD 20) is currently undergoing trials for AS. My sparse googling just now shows that rituximab probably only has a moderate effect, so probably second-line to anti-TNFa therapy. Probably.

Safe to say for boards that AS: TNFa > CD20

Monoclonal Antibodies are always last resort! I just use this as a general rule

Many autoimmune/autoinflammatory conditions, including ankylosing spondylitis, are treated with DMARDs like anti-TNF-alpha medications when milder stuff doesn’t do the trick. Common examples are infliximab (Remicade) and adalimumab (Humira).