Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine. It causes swelling between the vertebrae and in the joints between the spine and pelvis. This autoimmune disease is more common and more severe in men than in women.  It is likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, most of which have not yet been identified. Researchers have found variations in several genes that influence the risk of developing this disorder. These genes include HLA-B, ERAP1, IL1A, and IL23R. Early symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis include back pain and stiffness. These problems often start in late adolescence or early adulthood. Over time, ankylosing spondylitis can fuse the vertebrae together, limiting movement. Symptoms can worsen, improve, or stop altogether. The disease has no cure, but medicines can relieve the pain, swelling and other symptoms. Exercise can also help.
 

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International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis

We are committed to eliminating the adversity caused by autoimmune arthritis by uniting resources that will raise global awareness, providing wellness education and support, and conducting patient-centered research that will improve the quality of life for those affected by these diseases.

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2014

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Kickas.org

KickAs.org strives to provide the means for ankylosing spondylitis sufferers worldwide to share with, and learn from, the experiences of others coping with ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions in a safe and supportive environment.

Last Updated: 24 Nov 2009

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stopcaidnow.org

Our mission is simple-Educate, Provide Awareness, and Fund Researchers who are committed to finding a cure. StopCAIDnow(501c3) is focused on providing tools to better educate Doctor’s and the community on AutoInflammatory diseases. There is a need for an understanding of these diseases so proper diagnosis can be made, and treatment can be started. This will help alleviate the inflammation process, 7 the pain that comes with it. Proper diagnosis is urgent for the prognosis of these diseases. If left untreated damage to the tissues, organs & vision(for some) will not only be irreversible but devastating

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Ankylosing Spondylitis" for support, advocacy or research.

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International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis

We are committed to eliminating the adversity caused by autoimmune arthritis by uniting resources that will raise global awareness, providing wellness education and support, and conducting patient-centered research that will improve the quality of life for those affected by these diseases.

http://www.ifautoimmunearthritis.org

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2014

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Kickas.org

KickAs.org strives to provide the means for ankylosing spondylitis sufferers worldwide to share with, and learn from, the experiences of others coping with ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions in a safe and supportive environment.

http://www.kickas.org

Last Updated: 24 Nov 2009

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stopcaidnow.org

Our mission is simple-Educate, Provide Awareness, and Fund Researchers who are committed to finding a cure. StopCAIDnow(501c3) is focused on providing tools to better educate Doctor’s and the community on AutoInflammatory diseases. There is a need for an understanding of these diseases so proper diagnosis can be made, and treatment can be started. This will help alleviate the inflammation process, 7 the pain that comes with it. Proper diagnosis is urgent for the prognosis of these diseases. If left untreated damage to the tissues, organs & vision(for some) will not only be irreversible but devastating

http://www.stopcaidnow.org

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Ankylosing Spondylitis" returned 1143 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Ankylosing spondylitis functional and activity indices in clinical practice.
 

Author(s): C Popescu, M Trandafir, Am Bădică, F Morar, D Predeţeanu

Journal: J Med Life. 2014 Mar;7(1):78-83.

 

Clinicians have at hand several indices to evaluate disease activity and functionality in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), in order to evaluate the prognostic and the treatment of AS patients.

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2014

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Cost-of-illness and quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis at a tertiary hospital in Korea.
 

Author(s): Tae-Jin Lee, Bo-Hyun Park, Joon Wan Kim, Kichul Shin, Eun Bong Lee, Yeong-Wook Song

Journal: J. Korean Med. Sci.. 2014 Feb;29(2):190-7.

 

The objectives of this study were to estimate the cost-of-illness (COI) and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in Korea and to evaluate the effects of socio-demographic and clinical factors on the COI and the HRQOL. Face-to-face interview ...

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2014

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Bone microarchitecture in ankylosing spondylitis and the association with bone mineral density, fractures, and syndesmophytes.
 

Author(s): Eva Klingberg, Mattias Lorentzon, Jan Göthlin, Dan Mellström, Mats Geijer, Claes Ohlsson, Elizabeth J Atkinson, Sundeep Khosla, Hans Carlsten, Helena Forsblad-d'Elia

Journal: Arthritis Res. Ther.. 2013 ;15(6):R179.

 

Osteoporosis of the axial skeleton is a known complication of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), but bone loss affecting the peripheral skeleton is less studied. This study on volumetric bone mineral density (vBMD) and bone microarchitecture in AS was conducted to compare peripheral vBMD ...

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2014

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The terms "Ankylosing Spondylitis" returned 78 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Ankylosing spondylitis: an update.
 

Author(s): Vera Golder, Lionel Schachna

Journal: Aust Fam Physician. 2013 Nov;42(11):780-4.

 

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) affects one in 200 individuals and is usually diagnosed many years after onset of symptoms. Chronic back pain is common and recognition of early disease requires clinical experience and a high index of suspicion. Further, inflammatory markers are not invariably ...

Last Updated: 12 Nov 2013

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Variables related to work productivity loss in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.
 

Author(s): Renata Frauendorf, Marcelo de Medeiros Pinheiro, Rozana Mesquita Ciconelli

Journal: Rev Bras Reumatol. ;53(3):303-9.

 

The work productivity loss due to ankylosing spondylitis (AS) has become subject of interest because of its socioeconomic impact. In addition to physical limitations, other variables seem to affect the productivity of those patients, who often withdraw early from the labor force. ...

Last Updated: 20 Sep 2013

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The link between ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, Klebsiella, and starch consumption.
 

Author(s): Taha Rashid, Clyde Wilson, Alan Ebringer

Journal: Clin. Dev. Immunol.. 2013 ;2013():872632.

 

Both ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and Crohn's disease (CD) are chronic and potentially disabling interrelated conditions, which have been included under the group of spondyloarthropathies. The results of a large number of studies support the idea that an enteropathic pathogen, Klebsiella ...

Last Updated: 19 Jun 2013

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

European Ankylosing Spondylitis Infliximab Cohort (EASIC) Follow up Registration Study
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Ankylosing Spondylitis

 

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2011

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Genetic Determinants of Ankylosing Spondylitis Severity - Longitudinal Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ankylosing Spondylitis

 

Last Updated: 11 Nov 2014

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