Which neurologic findings suggest ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence H Brent, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Neurologic complications may occur secondary to fractures of a fused spine, which may be very difficult to detect with standard radiography. Patients are also prone to atlantoaxial subluxation, which may result in cervical myelopathy. Cauda equina syndrome may also occur in patients with severe long-standing AS.


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