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 Ankylosing Spondylitis Fact The average age at diagnosis for patients who suffer from ankylosing spondylitis is 24.


Ankylosing spondylitis (AS, from Greek ankylos, stiff; spondylos, vertebrae), previously known as Bekhterev's disease, Bekhterev syndrome, and Marie-Strümpell disease, a form of Spondyloarthritis, is a chronic, inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease. It mainly affects joints in the spine and the sacroilium in the pelvis, and can cause eventual fusion of the spine.

It is a member of the group of the spondyloarthropathies with a strong genetic predisposition. Complete fusion results in a complete rigidity of the spine, a condition known as bamboo spine

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Ankylosing Spondylitis - excellent reference provided by the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society

Ankylosing Spondylitis - general information provided by MedLine Plus, a service of the U.S.government

Spondylitis Association of America  - wealth of information, with links, research, FAQ's, etc.

Ankylosing Spondylitis - links page provided by arthritis information website

 

 

 

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