Doctor's Notes on Ankylosing Spondylitis, Orthopedic Perspective
Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis usually develop gradually, begin in late adolescence, and include low back pain (pain is described as dull), hip pain, and stiffness, or both. The pain often begins on one side and comes and goes, but as the disease progresses, then becomes more persistent and affects both sides. Later symptoms include upper back pain and pain in the ribs. Long-term involvement of the spine eventually leads to a progressive decrease in range of motion. Complications of ankylosing spondylitis include inflammation of the iris, inflammation of the aorta, stiffening of the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis), and decreased function of the brain, spinal cord, muscles, and nerves.
Ankylosing Spondylitis : Symptoms & Treatment QuizQuestion
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of __________ that affects the __________.See Answer
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