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Ankylosing Spondylitis

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

A rheumatic disease, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) causes arthritis of the spine and sacroiliac joint. 


Symptoms can include: 

  • Back pain
  • Loss of spine flexibility
  • Inflammation of the eyes, lungs, heart valves
  • Swelling, stiffness of the spine, sacroiliac joints.


Careful clinical evaluations. Laboratory tests, including evaluations of sedimentation rate.


Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent pain and disability. Treatment includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and requires rehabilitation therapy.

Ankylosing Spondylitis is treated by our Division of Rheumatology.