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ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS-MANAGEMENT

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ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS-MANAGEMENT

1. Goal - to help patients fuse their spines in a functional position. Treatments include stretching exercises, posture training, and proper pillow positioning during sleep.

2. NSAIDs for pain and stiffness.

3. Peripheral disease should be given a trial of therapy with sulfasalazine.

4. Axial disease usually should be treated with anti-TNF agents.


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REFERENCES

1. Wilkinson, I. (2017). Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Hannaman, R. A., Bullock, L., Hatchell, C. A., & Yoffe, M. (2016). Internal medicine review core curriculum, 2017-2018. CO Springs, CO: MedStudy.
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Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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