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Does ankylosing spondylitis reduce longevity?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Not unless there are significant cardiac, pulmonary or neurologic complications from the disease.

In brief: No

Not unless there are significant cardiac, pulmonary or neurologic complications from the disease.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Not true! It does.

Studies in the sixties suggest increased mortality from heart disease and GI bleeding.
I found 13 articles none of which suggests the contrary. Here is a recent reference: http://www.Clinexprheumatol.Org/article.Asp?A=1455 the authors included dr. Ted pincus. Bywaters from england first made the observation in the sixties! perhaps newer medications avaiable will rectify this, but not shown yet!

In brief: Not true! It does.

Studies in the sixties suggest increased mortality from heart disease and GI bleeding.
I found 13 articles none of which suggests the contrary. Here is a recent reference: http://www.Clinexprheumatol.Org/article.Asp?A=1455 the authors included dr. Ted pincus. Bywaters from england first made the observation in the sixties! perhaps newer medications avaiable will rectify this, but not shown yet!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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2 comments
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Was the GI bleeding related to NSAID therapy or the disease? I already noted not only cardiac issues but other complications that could affect mortality.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Inflammation, underlying bowel disease, limited NSAIDs ( indomethacin), no real remittive drugs, all possible, but increased mortality !
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