What is the role of fracture stabilization in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence H Brent, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Many patients with advanced disease have fusion of the spine. If these patients report any change in position or movement of the spine, they should be assumed to have a spinal fracture because such an injury is the only way for a fused spine to move. Patients should be treated cautiously until fracture has been ruled out. If spinal fracture is present, surgical stabilization may be necessary.


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