Reports From National Arthritis Meeting

Dr. Shiel Gives Perspectives Of Interest On Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis From 2003 Annual Scientific Meeting Of The American College Of Rheumatology

Introduction

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. The sacroiliac joints are located in the low back where the sacrum (the bone directly above the tailbone) meets the iliac bones (bones on either side of the upper buttocks). Chronic inflammation in these areas causes pain and stiffness in and around the spine. Over time, chronic spinal inflammation (spondylitis) can lead to a complete cementing together (fusion) of the vertebrae, a process called ankylosis. Ankylosis can lead to total loss of mobility of the spine.


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