11 Facts About Ankylosing spondylitis

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Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis characterized by long-term inflammation of the joints of the spine typically where the spine joins the pelvis.

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Signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis often appear gradually, with peak onset between 20 and 30 years of age.

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Ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic rheumatic disease, meaning it affects the entire body.

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Ankylosing spondylitis is a member of the more broadly defined disease axial spondyloarthritis.

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Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, developed in Bath, is an index designed to detect the inflammatory burden of active disease.

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Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index is a functional index which can accurately assess functional impairment due to the disease, as well as improvements following therapy.

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Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis is a rare form of the disease which differs from the more common adult form.

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Ankylosing spondylitis tarsitis of the ankle is a common feature, as is the more classical findings of seronegative ANA and RF as well as presence of the HLA-B27 allele.

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Major types of medications used to treat ankylosing spondylitis are pain-relievers and drugs aimed at stopping or slowing the progression of the disease.

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The gait of someone with ankylosing spondylitis often has a cautious pattern because they have decreased ability to absorb shock, and they cannot see the horizon.

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Ankylosing spondylitis has a long history, having been distinguished from rheumatoid arthritis by Galen as early as the 2nd century AD.

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