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What tests do they do to diagnosis for spondylitis?

What tests do they do to diagnosis for spondylitis?

It depends: Assuming you are referring to ankylosing spondylitis, the first step is a thorough history and physical by a qualified specialist. If warranted, xrays may be taken to look at the sacroiliac joints and/or lumbar spine. Mri of the si joints/spine may also be useful early in the disease. There are also some blood tests that may be part of a workup, though nothing specific for as. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Nelson
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Spondylitis (Definition)

An inflammatory condition of the spine such as ankylosing spondylitis. Spondy = spine ...Read more


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How do rheumatologists make a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis?

How do rheumatologists make a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis?

Bloodwork and X-rays: After clinically examining you, a diagnosis of this type of inflammatory arthritis is done with xrays and bloodwork. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about early diagnosis and treatment to ankylosing spondylitis?

Can you tell me about early diagnosis and treatment to ankylosing spondylitis?

See details: Early diagnosis depends on a clinical picture consistent with the diagnosis and usually a positive blood test for the HLA-B27 antigen. X rays are often normal early in the disease but an MRI of the sacroiliac joints may show early erosive changes. ...Read more

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Blood test positive for ankylosing spondylitis; no symptoms at all. Being referred to rheumatologist. What will they look for? How is diagnosis made?

See details: Only about 30% of patients who have the positive test for the hla-b27 antigen ever developed ank spondy. If you have no symptoms then you likely have no problem. ...Read more

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If positive for the hla b27 gene and 2cases of iritis, does this mean I have ankylosing spondylitis for sure? R these 2 factors enough for a diagnosis?

No: Hla b27 increases the risk for uveitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is associated with this but the diagnosis is made by physical exam and positive spine and hip x-rays. I have lots of patients with uveitis and hla b27 without other disease. ...Read more

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Can Ankylosing Spondylitis effect the thoracic spine more so than the sacral? If so what imaging would be best for diagnosis? I'm HLA-B27 pos - NO Dx

Can Ankylosing Spondylitis effect the thoracic spine more so than the sacral? If so what imaging would be best for diagnosis? I'm HLA-B27 pos - NO Dx

Yes. The disease is-: -unpredictable. Early sign is decreased chest expansion, then it can effect SI joints, entire spine but more so cervical & thoracic. Also there is about 10% false positive tests using HKA-B27. So look @ chest expansion as the earliest sign of true AS. ...Read more

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I had anti-e antibody and healthy pregnancies then after 6 years recieve dianosis of ankylosing spondylitis and ms. Weird because all antibody tests are neg. Wrong diagnosis?

See below: If you are concerned about the diagnosis, it never hurts to seek a second opinion which is difficult for us to do here without examining you, taking, a history, and reviewing your tests. ...Read more

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How to cure spondylitis?

Manageable: Spondylitis the condition related to your spine. It is an anatomical change which does not cause problems in all in all individuals. You need to discuss this with your physician and determine if it is effecting any nerves or cause of the pain that you may be having. In most individuals therapy and exercise will help manage the problem. Surgery may be needed in some circumstances. ...Read more

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