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Joint Bone Spine
Volume 71, n° 4
pages 291-295 (juillet 2004)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jbspin.2003.06.002
Received : 15 November 2002 ;  accepted : 19 June 2003
Osteoporosis and ankylosing spondylitis

Abdellah  El Maghraoui
Medicine Unit B, Mohammed V Military Teaching Hospital, Rabat, Morocco 


Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory joint disease in which inflammation of the entheses gradually causes local ossification and ankylosis. Diffuse osteoporosis responsible for bone fragility is another feature established by recent data. The bone loss predominates at the spine and can cause vertebral fractures that are rare but nonnegligible sources of mortality and morbidity late in the course of the disease.

Mots clés  : Ankylosing spondylitis ; Osteoporosis.

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