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glossary:ankylosing_spondylitis [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||A type of arthritis that causes chronic [[inflammation]] of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. [[Chronic]] inflammation in these areas causes [[pain]] and stiffness in and around the spine. Over time, chronic spinal inflammation (spondylitis) can lead to a complete cementing together (fusion) of the vertebrae, a process called ankylosis. Ankylosis causes total loss of mobility of the spine. |
|+||For more information, see: Ankylosing spondylitis.|
|+||Common Misspellings: ankylosing spondolitis, ankylosing spondylities, ankylosing spondilitis |