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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
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
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?
My RA has me on methotrexate. Trying to confirm diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. Can't tolerate other meds. What sideffects come with this one.
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
See rheumatologyst: First need the proper diagnosis.2d you may be reffwering to the diagnosis of ankilosing spondilitis, and if that is the case there are now several knew biological agents than can control the symptoms ver well.Need to see a rheumatogyst dr for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
See details.: The major symptom is pain. Early in the disease course the pain is worse at rest and improved with activity. With time, unless this is aggressively treated, calcifications of the spinal ligaments will lead to irreversible loss of motion. Spondylitis can also cause cardiac, pulmonary and peripheral arthritic issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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