Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a distinct disease entity characterized by inflammation of multiple articular and para-articular structures, frequently resulting in bony ankylosis. The most common presenting symptom is low back pain. The typical patient is a young man who has repeated episodes of back pain waking him at night and associated with spinal stiffness in the morning Patients should be examined for possible development of complications. Radiographs are the single most important imaging technique for detection.


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