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Is Ankylosing Spondylitis Hereditary?

Although ankylosing spondylitis causes are unknown, there appears to be a genetic prevalence to the disease (transmitted from parents to children) for most people. Many children with this disease were born displaying a given HLA-B27 gene. However, if th
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Spinal Surgery in AS

Introduction: The prevalence of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is estimated to be 0.8% in southern Chinese. However, the number of patients requiring spinal surgery is much less and in fact in declining trend. The exact reason is not certain but is likely
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Effects of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Although other joints can be involved, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) primarily affects the spine. In this particular type of arthritis, the joints and ligaments of the spine become inflamed. This can cause back pain and stiffness. In time, the bones may f
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Myths About Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) Only Affects the Back No. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a form of inflammatory, painful arthritis that mainly affects the lower back and spinal joints (vertebrae). However, other joints such as the knee, shoulders, hips, ri
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Ankylosing Spondylitis (Reactive Arthritis of the Spine)

If your back is stiff and hurts when you move, if it hurts to touch two points at the side of the top of your pelvis where it joins your spine (the sacroiliac joint), and if your back x ray shows signs of this disease, you probably suffer from ankylosin
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Ankylosing Spondylitis Overview

How is it treated? Treatment includes exercise and physical therapy. These will help reduce stiffness so that you can stand up straighter and move around better. Your doctor will also give you medicine for pain and swelling. Because people with ankylo
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How Is AS Diagnosed?

Most back pain isn’t caused by ankylosing spondylitis (AS). However, the symptoms, especially in the early stages, can be very similar to more common back problems. Because of this, many people put up with the pain for some time before seeking help. W
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Information Booklet

This booklet is part of a programme for people affected by Ankylosing Spondylitis (AN-kuh-low-sing sponduh-LIE-tis) or AS for short. You may be affected either by having the condition yourself or by knowing somebody who has. At the Ankylosing Spondyliti
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What is AS?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine. It causes swelling between your vertebrae, which are the disks that make up your spine, and in the joints between your spine and pelvis. Ankylosing spondylitis is an immune disease. The disease
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