Ankylosing spondylitis

Category: Illness or disabilities



Introduction and description

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS, from Greek ankylos, fused; spondylos, vertebrae; -itis, inflammation), previously known as Bechterew's disease (or syndrome) and Marie-Strümpell disease, is a chronic inflammatory disease of the axial skeleton with variable involvement of peripheral joints and nonarticular structures.

AS is a form of spondyloarthritis, a chronic, inflammatory arthritis.  It mainly affects joints in the spine and the sacroiliac joint in the pelvis, and can cause eventual fusion of the spine.


  Klebsiella bacteria are found in high levels in the faeces of AS patients. A theory suggests the presence of the bacteria may be a cause of the disease.

However, Bone and skeletal diseases in general are described in full in another section as well as all the likely causes, as such if it is not this bacteria, it may be one of the causes in this more generic but still detailed section.  Please follow the link.

It is ESSENTIAL  you treat the cause and not the symptoms, as there are pathogens that can cause this disease that can also cause other equally serious diseases of other organs.



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