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What are tests used to diagnose ankylosing spondylitis?

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  • Tests for ankylosing spondylitis may include: Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
  • Bone density tests
  • Bone scan
  • Chemistry screen
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • C-reactive protein
  • Discography
  • Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
  • Human leukocyte antigen-B27 (HLA-B27) testing

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

From: Tests for Diagnosing Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

North American Spine Society: "Radiographic Assessment for back Pain."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Low back Pain."

 

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

SOURCES:

North American Spine Society: "Radiographic Assessment for back Pain."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Low back Pain."

 

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

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