Ankylosing spondylitis

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The treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, also know as Marie Strümpell disease or Bechterew disease, has always been fraught with increased risks and complications, due to both the profound skeletal abnormalities that afflict these patients and the relentless progressive natural history of disease. Whether the disease presents in its early form manifesting with back pain, or in its later stages with spinal cord injury or deformity, the role of the neurosurgeon in treating these patients is paramount. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus serves as a contemporary update on the many faces of this disorder, with an emphasis

The treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, also know as Marie Strümpell disease or Bechterew disease, has always been fraught with increased risks and complications, due to both the profound skeletal abnormalities that afflict these patients and the relentless progressive natural history of disease. Whether the disease presents in its early form manifesting with back pain, or in its later stages with spinal cord injury or deformity, the role of the neurosurgeon in treating these patients is paramount. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus serves as a contemporary update on the many faces of this disorder, with an emphasis on the neurosurgeon's role in its management. We hope that this issue with be informative for you and assist you in treating this challenging patient population.

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