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What is ankylosing spondylitis?

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

No known cause: Ankylosing spondylitis has no known specific cause, though genetic factors seem to be involved. In particular, people who have a gene called hla-b27 are at significantly increased risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Ankylosing Spondylitis (Definition)

-defect that effects the spine, causing ligaments and other elements of the spine to calcify, & making it essentially fused in severe cases. As the spine calcification takes place, it is painful, & flexion is more comfy. So accentuated kyphosis CS&TS. Essentially ending fixed downward gaze. It effects hips, & has pulmry compromise 2nd 2 deformity. Indomethacin is manic early for slwng ...Read more


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What in the world is ankylosing spondylitis?

What in the world is ankylosing spondylitis?

Joint inflammation: Ankylosing spondylitis is a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints between the spinal bones, and the joints between the spine and pelvis. It eventually causes the affected spinal bones to join together ("bamboo spine"). Cause unknown. Associated with hla-b27 antigen. Symptoms of night/morning stiffness better with exercise. Can also have eye and heart involvement. ...Read more

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What is ankylosing spondylitis and how is it treated?

It is a : An autoimmune immunologic disease of skeletal system primarily affecting the spine that causes severe inflammation leading to pain & leads to an auto fusion of the spine which can lead to a deformity with the bone losing density & more susceptible to fracture due to stiffness & decreased density diagnosed by blood testing & x-rays with treatment range : pt & medication as well as surgery. ...Read more

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What shows up on MRI in ankylosing spondylitis?

What shows up on MRI in ankylosing spondylitis?

Let us see: Magnetic resonance imaging (mri). Using radio waves and a strong magnetic field, MRI scans are better at visualizing soft tissues such as cartilage. ...Read more

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Does ankylosing spondylitis ever go into remission?

What do you mean: If by "remission" you mean it goes away on its own, that is very rare. If you mean can it be forced into low levels of activity with the right medications, that definitely can happen. ...Read more

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Can masturbation be caused by ankylosing spondylitis?

No: I have never heard of that association before. Let's just say no. ...Read more

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Do you know good treatments for ankylosing spondylitis?

Yes: NSAIDs such as Celebrex, (celecoxib) indomethacin or diclofenac may be sufficient for mild cases. Sulfasalazine can help if NSAIDs do not. The most effective treatments are the biologic agents such as Remicade, Enbrel or Humira. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How do you treat back pain from ankylosing spondylitis?

How do you treat back pain from ankylosing spondylitis?

Several ways: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for ankylosing spondylitis?

New compared with ?: Rheumatologists now have new medications (dmards & tnf-? blockers) to use in addition to nsaids. Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs include sulfasalazine, methotrexate, & corticosteroids. Tnf blockers include enbrel, remicade, (infliximab) & humira. Consult a rheumatologist for more info on these new treatment modalities. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Painful Swollen Joints (Definition)

DEF: if it hurts = PAINFUL, if it is larger than the other = ...Read more