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    Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Important
    It is possible that the main title of the report Ankylosing Spondylitis is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    • Marie Strumpell Disease
    • Spondyloarthritis
    • Von Bechterew-Strumpell Syndrome
    • Marie-Strumpell Spondylitis
    • Bechterew Syndrome
    • AS
    • Spondyloarthropathy
    • Chronic inflammatory conditions
    • Bechterew disease
    • Marie-Strumpell arthritis

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a progressive inflammatory disease that typically becomes evident during early to mid adulthood. The disease is characterized by inflammation (arthritis), stiffness, and pain of various joints of the spine and potential loss of spinal mobility. It may involve joints between the spine and the pelvis, known as the sacroiliac joints; joints within the spinal column of the lower back (lumbar spine), the upper back (thoracic spine), and the neck (cervical spine) to varying degrees; as well as joints of the limbs, particularly the legs. Progression may spontaneously subside at any stage of involvement; however, in some individuals, all regions of the spinal column may eventually become involved.

    Many affected individuals develop lower back and hip pain that may be more severe at night and after rest. In addition, there is often associated stiffness of affected regions in the morning. In some cases, those with involvement of joints joining the ribs with the spine (costovertebral joints) may have a limited ability to expand the chest to take a deep breath. In addition, in some affected individuals, other associated findings may include recurrent inflammation of the colored region of the eyes (acute iritis), leakage of the aortic valve resulting in a backflow of blood into the lower left chamber (ventricle) of the heart (aortic insufficiency or regurgitation), and/or other abnormalities.

    The exact cause of ankylosing spondylitis is not known. However, researchers suggest that genetic, immunologic, and/or environmental factors may play some role.

    Resources

    American Juvenile Arthritis Organization
    1330 West Peachtree Street, Suite 100
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    USA
    Tel: (404)965-7624
    Fax: (404)872-9559
    Tel: (800)568-4045
    Email: help@arthritis.org
    Internet: http://www.arthritis.org

    Spondylitis Association of America
    P.O. Box 5972
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
    USA
    Tel: (818)892-1616
    Fax: (818)892-1611
    Tel: (800)777-8189
    Email: info@spondylitis.org
    Internet: http://www.spondylitis.org

    American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
    22100 Gratiot Ave.
    Eastpointe, MI 48021
    Tel: (586)776-3900
    Fax: (586)776-3903
    Tel: (800)598-4668
    Email: aarda@aarda.org
    Internet: http://www.aarda.org/

    Arthritis Foundation
    1330 West Peachtree Street, Suite 100
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    USA
    Tel: (404)872-7100
    Tel: (800)283-7800
    Email: arthritisfoundation@arthritis.org
    Internet: http://www.arthritis.org

    NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Information Clearinghouse
    One AMS Circle
    Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
    USA
    Tel: (301)495-4484
    Fax: (301)718-6366
    Tel: (877)226-4267
    TDD: (301)565-2966
    Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/

    National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
    RCN 272258
    Unit 0.2, One Victoria Villas
    Richmond Surrey, TW9 2GW
    United Kingdom
    Tel: 02089489117
    Fax: 02089407736
    Email: admin@nass.co.uk
    Internet: http://www.nass.co.uk/index.htm

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Madisons Foundation
    PO Box 241956
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Tel: (310)264-0826
    Fax: (310)264-4766
    Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
    Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

    Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.
    PO Box 4121
    Brick, NJ 08723
    Fax: (732)543-7285
    Email: autoimmunehelp@aol.com

    KickAS.org
    11688 North Sage Brook Road
    Oro Valley, AZ 85737-7342
    Tel: (520)544-3023
    Fax: (520)544-3023
    Email: kickas@gmail.com
    Internet: http://www.kickas.org

    European Society for Immunodeficiencies
    1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
    Geneva, CH 1211
    Switzerland
    Tel: 410229080484
    Fax: 41229069140
    Email: esid@kenes.com
    Internet: http://www.esid.org

    AutoImmunity Community
    Email: moderator@autoimmunitycommunity.org
    Internet: http://www.autoimmunitycommunity.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 7/23/2007
    Copyright 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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