Ankylosing spondylitis (AS from Greek ankylos fused; spondylos vertebra; -itis inflammation) previously known as Bechterew's disease (or syndrome) and Marie-Strümpell disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the axial skeleton with variable involvement of peripheral joints and nonarticular structures. AS is a form of spondyloarthritis a chronic inflammatory arthritis where immune mechanisms are thought to have a key role.
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