Spondylitis Of The Neck

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Article updated and reviewed by Ariel D. Teitel, MD, MBA, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Manhattan on May 12, 2005.

Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory disease of unknown origin, first affecting the spine and adjacent structures, and commonly progressing to eventual fusion (ankylosis) of the involved joints.

In extreme cases, the patient develops a forward flexion of the spine, called a "poker spine" or "bamboo spine."

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic form...

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