Ankylosing Spondylitis, Neurologic Perspective (cont.)
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Ankylosing Spondylitis Neurologic Causes
The genes we inherit seem to play a major role in the risk for developing AS. About 90%-95% of Caucasian people with AS have the human leukocyte antigen B27 (HLA-B27) antigen, but not everyone who has that antigen develops AS. In a genetically susceptible individual, it is conceivable that infectious agents might stimulate an abnormal immune response, causing the development of AS.
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