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Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Question: What is the sure cure for ankylosing spondylitis? I would like to know what is sure treatment for ankylosing spondylitis pls

Answer: Hi , Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of Spondyloarthritis. It is a chronic and degenerative inflammatory disease mainly affecting the spine and sarcroilliac joints , eventually leading to fusion of the spine - creating bamboo spine ( non-motile ). The condition is considered strongly genetic , so little can be done ( actually unfortunately, there is no cure for this illness ). It is autoimmune disease and hence the immunse system of the host attacks its own cells. The condition is associated with progressing development of knee pain , osteoporosis , " hump" back , other organs are also affected ie heart , lungs, colon.. But there are several ways to ease the pain of this disease - Anti inflammatory drugs such as aspirin , ibuprofen , naproxen , COX2 inhibitors can be used to reduce inflammation and pain - Disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs ( DMARDs ) such as cyclosporins can be used to reduce immune response through immunosuppression. - Tumor necrosis factor alpha ( TNFa ) blockers are also used to stop the production of this protein which is a very potent cell killer. ( By inhibiting the production of this cytokine , the spine and sacroilliac wont be damaged - or at least slow down the fusion progress) Surgery and Physical therapy are also less used but also somewhat promising procedures to increase quality of life of the patients. Though surgery is often done only on severe cases and carry high risk/complications.

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