Ankylosing spondylitis; flexion loss in hand

Ankylosing spondylitis; flexion loss in hand

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Caption: Flexion contractures of the hand in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis (A.S.), a type of chronic inflammatory arthritis which arises in the spine and sacro-iliac joints. Inflammation typically begins in the lower spine & progresses upwards. In severe cases, vertebrae become fused to give a "bamboo spine" appearance on X-rays. Peripheral involvment of the neck, hips & other joints may take place. The eyes may be affected by an inflammatory uveitis. Pain and stiffness are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs & spinal mobility preserved through physiotherapy and regular exercises.

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Keywords: ank.spon., ankylosing spondylitis, arthritic, arthritis, condition, disease, disorder, flexion contracture, hand, healthcare, joint, medical, medicine

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