Ankylosing spondylitis

How AS is diagnosed

From ASAP on Facebook: Today’s fact is about how Spondylitis is diagnosed. AS is generally diagnosed and treated by a Rheumatologist. A rheumy will check the following in order to determine if you may have Spondylitis: Back and joint pain that persists for more than three months, Back pain and stiffness that worsens with lack of movement especially in the early morning, Back pain and stiffness that eases some what with movement, may or may not be HLA-B27 gene positive (you do not have to have this gene to have AS nor does it mean you will get AS if you do have this gene), family history of AS increases your chance of having this disease too, Inflammation or fusing of joints especially in the SI joints and spine, and finally with Spondylitis lab work will not always be positive. Rheumatoid factor has nothing to do with Spondylitis and a patient may or may not have a raised CRP and SED rate, which are inflammation markers in our blood. All of these factors are taken into account with each patients symptoms in order to diagnose AS and it’s related diseases. For more information please visit http://www.spondylitis.org.

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