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2022 Jul-Sep

Ann Afr Med



Clinical profile of ankylosing spondylitis at a teaching hospital.


Karoli Y, Avasthi S, Mahapatra S, Karoli R
Ann Afr Med. 2022 Jul-Sep; 21(3):204-207.
PMID: 36204904.


Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a type of spondyloarthropathy, is an autoimmune disease that mainly involves spine joints, sacroiliac joints and their adjacent soft tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. Progression of disease can lead to fibrosis and calcification, resulting in the loss of flexibility and mobility of the spine. The common clinical presentation is inflammatory back pain which is often neglected. The aim of our study was to assess the demographic and clinical proflie of patients of ankylosing spondylitis diagnosed on the basis of radiographic sacroillitis.