What are the general symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence H Brent, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Symptoms of AS include those related to inflammatory back pain, peripheral enthesitis and arthritis, and constitutional and organ-specific extra-articular manifestations. Because AS is a systemic inflammatory disease, systemic features are common.

Chronic pain and stiffness are the most common complaints of patients with AS. More than 70% of patients report daily pain and stiffness. [68]

Fatigue is another common complaint, occurring in approximately 65% of AS patients. Most patients report their fatigue to be moderately severe. Increased levels of fatigue are associated with increased pain and stiffness and decreased functional capacity. [2, 3]

Fever and weight loss may occur during periods of active disease.


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