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What Causes Ankylosing Spondylitis

ramsesRheumatic diseases are not new. Ramses II suffered with ankylosing spondylitis (Greek “crooked vertebrae”).

Nowadays, we have new risk factors for inflammation, which spells more rheumatic arthritis (RA) such as psoriasis, lupus and ankylosing spondylitis.

Even as 10,000 years ago, RA risk starts with genetics. Some of us have an allele called HLA-B27 which is associated with arthritis. If you have HLA-B27, you have greater risk of autoimmune arthritis.

But why?

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