Ankylosing Spondylitis: The Facts

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OUP Oxford, Jul 11, 2002 - Medical - 208 pages
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Ankylosing spondilitis is a chronic form of arthritis known to affect around 1 in 200 people (over 1 million sufferers in the USA alone). No cure has yet been found for the disease, however, early diagnosis and proper medical management can be important in reducing the risk of disability and deformity. Ankylosing spondilitis: the facts is the first mass market book to be published on this important disease. It provides clear and accessible information on treatment, diagnosis, genetic counselling, and daily life with this illness. Professor Khan is one of the leading experts in the world on AS, while also suffering from it. This combination of scientific knowledge and personal experience of a debilitating disorder results in a unique book which will prove invaluable for sufferers wishing to know more about their condition, and those that share their lives.
 

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Contents

1 Facts and myths about ankylosing spondylitis
1
2 What is ankylosing spondylitis?
5
3 Early symptoms
13
4 The course of the disease
19
5 Exercise and physical therapy
23
6 Drug therapy
37
7 Nontraditional complementary or alternative therapy
51
8 Surgical treatment
61
an overview
87
13 The rheumatologists role
91
14 Radiology and diagnosis
95
15 The disease process
101
16 HLAB27 and the cause of ankylosing spondylitis
111
17 Spondyloarthropathies
125
Appendix 1 Ankylosing spondylitis organizations
143
Appendix 2 Glossary
151

9 Some later manifestations
65
10 A typical case history
71
some hints
75
References and further reading
173
Index
183
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