The natural history of ankylosing spondylitis in the 21st century

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P. Frallonardo *
R. Ramonda
A. Lo Nigro
V. Modesti
C. Campana
L. Punzi
(*) Corresponding Author:
P. Frallonardo | mikimos@mac.com

Abstract

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the axial skeleton and evolves in stiffnes followed by ankylosis and disability. However, it may be difficult to exactly establish the natural history of the disease and the influence of risk factors of progression, since most patients are treated with various pharmacologic or non-pharmacologic agents, which may potentially influence the natural progression of the disease. In this context, we report here a very interesting case of a 40 year old man, presented to our outpatient clinic, 28 years after the onset of AS. Previously for personal reasons, did not choose not to undergo any treatment. This case allows us to evaluate the natural radiological progression of the disease and the influence of predictive risk factors.

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