Ankylosing Spondylitis, Radiation Treatment

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Do you have any information on radiation treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Signed, LW

Doctor's Response:

Many decades ago, radiation treatments were used to treat the inflammation of the spine in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. This did have an effect that reduced the spinal inflammation. However, the side effects were too toxic, including damage to the bone marrow (much of which is produced in the vertebrae of the spine) and later development of cancers.

Currently, there are many effective treatments for ankylosing spondylitis that are much less toxic than radiation therapy.

Thank you for your question.

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