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Definition Symptoms of AS include: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a systemic disorder that refers to inflammation of the joints in the spine cheap fluconazole 200 mg with mastercard. AS is the • low back and hip pain and stiffness primary disease in an entire group of conditions known as • duration of symptoms longer than three months seronegative spondylarthropathies. It is also known as rheumatoid spondylitis or Marie–Strümpell disease (among • difficulty expanding the chest other names). AS is an autoimmune disease, as are most • early morning stiffness improved by a warm shower or forms of arthritis. By definition, other joints, in addition to light exercise the spine, can also be affected, including the shoulders, hips, knees, and feet. Eventually, the whole AS occurs most often in males between 16 and 35 back may become curved and inflexible if the bones years of age. The incidence of AS in African atic arthritis, spondylitis of inflammatory bowel dis- Americans is about 25% of incidence among Cau- ease, and undifferentiated spondyarthropathy. According to this theory, food allergies com- • skin (causing a scaly skin condition, or psoriasis) bine with the leaky gut and, according to the Healing- • gastrointestinal tract (causing inflammation within the WithNutrition website, from a 1986 article in the Britain small intestine, called ileitis, or inflammation of the Journal of Rheumatology, “.. The body produces antibody-antigen complexes Less than 1% of the population has AS; however, (immune complexes) characteristic of RA (rheumatoid 20% of AS sufferers have a relative with the disorder. In other words, Genetics, in the form of a gene named HLA–B27, the antibodies formed to attack the (leaky gut) microbes can play an important role in the disease, but the precise also cross-react and attack joint collagen. In cases where chronic therapy is needed, potential drug side effects must be Doctors usually diagnose the disease simply by the taken into consideration. Doctors also review tive in relieving symptoms, but are usually reserved for spinal and pelvic x rays since involvement of the hip and severe cases that do not improve when NSAIDs are used. The doctor might also order a blood teroids is usually limited to a short amount of time with a test to determine the presence of HLA–B27 antigen if gradual weaning from the drug. If the gene is present, it could facilitate the accuracy of the In April 2002, a study published revealed that a drug possible AS diagnosis.

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