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Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatologic Perspective (cont.)

Outlook

  • The course of ankylosing spondylitis may change over time, with periods of relapses and remissions.


  • The outlook of most people with ankylosing spondylitis is generally good. Fortunately, few people with ankylosing spondylitis become severely disabled, particularly with the newer treatments now available.
  • Long-term therapy with NSAIDs is usually required.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2014

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