The Related Information About Ankylosing Spondylitis

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic progressive disease. The disease starts from the sacroiliac joint and spine, and makes the fuse of the joint, the patient cannot stand straightly with this disease. It would infect whole body, and patient would suffer a lot from this.


What are causes of this disease?

  • The inherent element is the main cause
  • The inflammation element
  • The immune factor and endocrine factor


What are symptoms of this disease?

At the early stage, the patient would feel the pain and stiff in the low-back and hip, especially during the morning or after long time sit. Neck and other joints would also be affected. As the development of the disease, the symptom would be worse.


What is the diagnosis of this disease?

The diagnosis would include:

  • Physical exam: Doctor may ask you move in the certain rage to test your spine and pelvis. Also, the doctor may ask you to take a deep breath to test your breastbone.
  • Imaging test: The X-ray would offer the image about the condition of your bone and joint.
  • Lab test: Blood test could test the inflammation in your body.

What is the treatment of it?

Reliving the pain and stiffness is the goal of the treatment, and the doctor would offer some medicines like: adalimumab (humira); certolizumab pegol (cimzia); etanercept (enbrel), etc. According to the research, the treatment would get a maximum effect during the early stage, and the regular exercise is also important for the patient. Of course, the surgery would be taken when the disease gets worse (the patient suffers from the serve pain of hip and joints).


What about the prognosis?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) also called “nonlethal cancer” and the radical treatment is absent till now, so the early intrusive treatment is important. This disease would stay at certain stage, if the patient accepts a positive treatment at the primary stage, and the life would not affected much from this disease.

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