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What is Ankylosing spondylarthritis?

What is Ankylosing spondylarthritis?

  • Ankylosing spondylarthritis: Inflammation of one or more spine joints. The spine becomes progressively painful and stiff and the spine joints may eventually fuse and cause disability. The condition may vary from mild to severe. Inflammation can affect other joints and tissues.

Ankylosing spondylarthritis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Ankylosing spondylarthritis, or a subtype of Ankylosing spondylarthritis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Ankylosing spondylarthritis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Ankylosing spondylarthritis: Introduction

Types of Ankylosing spondylarthritis:

Broader types of Ankylosing spondylarthritis:

How serious is Ankylosing spondylarthritis?

Complications of Ankylosing spondylarthritis: see complications of Ankylosing spondylarthritis

What causes Ankylosing spondylarthritis?

Causes of Ankylosing spondylarthritis: see causes of Ankylosing spondylarthritis

What are the symptoms of Ankylosing spondylarthritis?

Symptoms of Ankylosing spondylarthritis: see symptoms of Ankylosing spondylarthritis

Complications of Ankylosing spondylarthritis: see complications of Ankylosing spondylarthritis

Ankylosing spondylarthritis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Ankylosing spondylarthritis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Ankylosing spondylarthritis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Ankylosing spondylarthritis: Rheumatologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Ankylosing spondylarthritis.
Treatments for Ankylosing spondylarthritis: see treatments for Ankylosing spondylarthritis

Name and Aliases of Ankylosing spondylarthritis

Main name of condition: Ankylosing spondylarthritis

Other names or spellings for Ankylosing spondylarthritis:

ankylosing spondylitis, Ankylosing spondyloarthritis

Ankylosing spondyloarthritis
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ankylosing spondylarthritis: Related Conditions

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