, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 194-205
Date: 25 Jun 2011

Surgical Arthritis Service Weekly Rounds: Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Statement of Need

There is a lack of literature discussing the management of multisystem involvement in patients with inflammatory arthritis, such as ankylosing spondylitis. As a result, patients with ankylosing spondylitis may be overlooked in attention to their joint disease; therefore cardiac or pulmonary disease may not be assessed appropriately in these patients. The overall collaborative management of this complex disease, with teamwork involving orthopedists and rheumatologists, should facilitate rehabilitation and mobility which will improve patient outcomes.

Target Audience

This activity is targeted at primary care physicians, specialty physicians, orthopedic surgeons, general medicine, residents, and fellows.


Hospital for Special Surgery professional education activities are intended to improve knowledge, competence and performance of our learners and to lead to better patient care. At the conclusion of the activity, the participant should be able to:


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Each author certifies that his or her institution has approved the reporting of this case and that all investigations were conducted in conformity with ethical principles of research.