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Spinal disorder onset. Artwork of a man standing in a hunched posture demonstrating the onset of deteriorating spinal alignment. This can illustrate diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease that eventually causes complete fusion of the spine. The bones (vertebrae) of the spine are shown, forming the vertebral column from the neck to the lower back. This is a lateral (side) view. For a sequence showing progressive deterioration of the posture, see C014/5618 to C014/5620.
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