Ankylosing spondylitis

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Long standing ankylosing spondylitis.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Flowing syndesmophytes causing total fusion of the lumbar spine with a 'bamboo' appearance.

Calcification of the interspinous ligaments resulting in a 'dagger-like' appearance.

Case Discussion

Advanced appearances of ankylosing spondylitis exhibiting two classical signs:

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