Spondylodiscitis in ankylosing spondylitis, inflammation or trauma? A description of six cases

J.J. Rasker, R.L. Prevo, P.J.H. Lanting

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    Abstract

    An uncommon, but well recognised complication of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is spondylodiscitis, a destructive discovertebral lesion also called the Andersson lesion. We describe six cases, with variable clinical presentation and radiological appearance. Two had multiple lesions, in one patient spondylodiscitis was the presenting symptom of AS. None had a history of even a minor trauma. Prognosis was good with conservative treatment including NSAID's, rest, and physiotherapy. In two cases histopathology was studied and suggested sterile inflammation as the main etiologic factor.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)52-57
    JournalScandinavian journal of rheumatology
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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