Coloured spinal X-ray: ankylosing spondylitis

Coloured spinal X-ray: ankylosing spondylitis

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Caption: Ankylosing spondylitis. Coloured X-ray of the lower spine of a patient affected by Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). In this severe case the vertebrae of the spine have become fused giving a "bamboo spine" appearance. AS is a chronic inflammatory arthritis affecting joints between the vertebrae of the spine and the sacro-iliac joints (which connect the sacral spine to the pelvis). Inflammation typically begins in the sacro-iliac joints or lumbar spine, & may progress up the spine. The neck and hips may also be affected. Pain and stiffness are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and spinal mobility preserved through physiotherapy.

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Keywords: ankylosing spondylitis, arthritic, arthritis, bamboo spine, condition, disease, disorder, fused, fusion, healthcare, in a.s., joint, medical, medicine, spinal (ank. spond), spine, vertebra, vertebral, x-ray, xray

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