Ankylosing Spondylitis (Bechterew's Disease): Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 7/23/2022

Ankylosing spondylitis is an arthritis condition in which there is inflammation of the spine. It can also affect tissues throughout the body and result in inflammation and damage to other joints and also to other organs, including the eyes, heart, lungs, and kidneys. Medical researchers believe ankylosing spondylitis is a genetic (inherited) condition.

Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis are stiffness and pain in the low back and hips, middle back, and buttocks. Neck pain may also be present. Other associated signs and symptoms can include fatigue, eye inflammation, loss of mobility of the spine over time, inflammation of the lungs leading to shortness of breath, and pain in swelling in other joints outside of the spine. In advanced stages, ankylosing spondylitis can cause deposition of amyloid protein in the kidneys, causing kidney failure.

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