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This iconic imagery of the progressively bent person has long been associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Figure 3 represents a person with a fused spine.
The long standing inflammation characteristic of Ankylosing Spondylitis may lead to increasing damage to the spinal bones over time and could ultimately result in fusion of the spinal bones or ‘ankylosis’.
Increasing pain, stiffness and immobility are usually the signs of progressing disease.
Other arthritic diseases (like rheumatoid arthritis) result in bone destruction, but Ankylosing Spondylitis involves both bone destruction and new bone formation which results in 'Fusion'.
Keeping this in mind, the next step would be to ensure that the treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis targets both bone erosion and bone formation. There are treatment options now available, which target both erosion and formation effectively and slow down fusion.
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