Perioperative challenges in the surgical management of ankylosing spondylitis.

  title={Perioperative challenges in the surgical management of ankylosing spondylitis.},
  author={D. M. Sciubba and Clarke Nelson and Patrick C Hsieh and Ziya L. Gokaslan and Steve Ondra and Ali Bydon},
  journal={Neurosurgical focus},
  volume={24 1},
Patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who present with spinal lesions are at an increased risk for developing perioperative complications. Due to the rigid yet brittle nature of the ankylosed spines commonly occurring with severe spinal deformity, patients are more prone to developing neurological deficits. Such risks are potentially increased not only during surgical manipulation or deformity correction, but also during image acquisition, positioning within the operating room, and… CONTINUE READING