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Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease. It forms in the skeleton. This autoimmune system fights against the axial skeleton of the patient. Axial skeleton includes the bones of the skull, rib cage and vertebral column. More specifically, it consists of the bones of the skull, ears, neck, ribcage, pelvis and spine. Axial skeleton has exactly 80 bones in the body of the human.
During ankylosin spondytlitis a person`s spine and joints in the pelvis become damaged. Causes for ankylosing spondylitis are mostly genetic, as it can be passed from one generation to another. Ankylosing spondylitis is also known as the Bekterev`s disease.
Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms in more developed stage of the disease include:
The stage of ankylosing spondylitis is determined by radiology. It can also be diagnosed with help of X-Ray and MRI. Genetic testing can also determine if a person has this condition, so it`s essential for people, whose parents or relatives have ankylosing spondylitis, to undergothis testing in the hospital.