Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Saturday, June 25, 2005

AS in children

Ankylosing spondylitis is frequently overlooked in children, leading to a delayed diagnosis that can have serious long-term consequences, the Spondylitis Association of America reports (PDF; also reprinted here), citing a study they commissioned and that was published this month: "In addition to a delay in diagnosis, the researchers report that adults with childhood onset disease experience more serious physical deformity and work-related disability than those who develop the disease as adults."

I had been given to understand that the younger you came down with AS, the more severe your case was likely to be; is a lack of early detection an aggravating factor?

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