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Glossary for Ankylosing spondylarthritis

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis: Inflammation of spinal joints similar to rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Arthritis-like conditions: Medical conditions highly related to or similar to arthritis.
  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues
  • Back conditions: A group of conditions that affect the back
  • Back pain: Pain from the back or spine.
  • Breathing difficulty: Various types of breathing difficulty (dyspnea).
  • Crohn's disease: Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease. The disease can affect any area from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum.
  • Disability: Inability to function normally
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Jarcho-Levin Syndrome: A rare genetic disorder characterized by spinal column abnormalities, dwarfism and a swollen abdomen as well as other anomalies.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions: Medical conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system of bones, muscles and related structures.
  • Non-pathogenic inflammatory conditions: Medical disorders that cause inflammation, but are not due to any infectious pathogen.
  • Pain conditions: Diseases characterized by pain and pain-like symptoms.
  • Photophobia: An exaggerated or irrational fear of light.
  • Psoriasis: Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition where the defective immune system causes skin cells to grow rapidly. It affects a significant number of people. Arthritis, which can be severe, is associated with the psoriasis in up to a third of cases. Not all patients who are susceptible to the condition will develop it - roughly 10% of those susceptible will actually develop the condition. There are various environmental factors which can trigger the onset of the disease e.g. strep throat (common trigger), some medication, stress and cold weather. Once the disease develops, it may resolve on its own or with treatment or may become a persistent chronic condition. The severity and duration of symptoms is variable.
  • Reactive arthritis: The inflammation of a joint
  • Reiterís syndrome: A form of reactive arthritis characterized by arthritis, urethritis, conjunctivitis and skin lesions.
  • Rheumatic conditions: Any condition that affects ones joints
  • Spinal conditions: Any condition that affects the spine
  • Spinal pain: Pain in the back.
  • Spine symptoms: Symptoms affecting the spine
  • Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis (Colitis ulcerosa, UC) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ulcerative colitis is a form of colitis, a disease of the intestine, specifically the large intestine or colon, that includes characteristic ulcers, or open sores, in the colon.
  • Vision loss: Impaired vision or loss of vision

 

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