Increased mortality in ankylosing spondylitis is related to disease activity.

@article{Bakland2011IncreasedMI,
  title={Increased mortality in ankylosing spondylitis is related to disease activity.},
  author={Gunnstein Bakland and Jan Tore Gran and Johannes C Nossent},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  year={2011},
  volume={70 11},
  pages={1921-5}
}
BACKGROUND The onset of disease in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is generally earlier than in other joint diseases, exposing patients to a prolonged burden of disease. Whether this is associated with excess mortality is still uncertain. Radiation therapy for AS has previously been shown to increase mortality. The present study investigated standardised mortality ratios, causes of death and survival predictors in a large regional cohort of patients with AS. METHOD A total of 677 patients with AS… CONTINUE READING