I am a 45 year old man, I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis 15 years ago. I have two sons and a daughter. What are the chances of any of my children developing ankylosing spondylitis?
Aug 02, 2011
The exact cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis is as yet unknown, however
there is a significant hereditary aspect to this disease. It is a
disease more commonly occurring in men and only rarely seen in women.
It is impossible at present to predict whether the children of
Ankylosing Spondylitis sufferers will develop the same disease later on
in life. The risk appears to be low however. If you are worried about a
child it is important to have him or her assessed by your general
practitioner or by a rheumatologist.
If Ankylosing Spondylitis is diagnosed in a young adult, the disease
will have been spotted at an early stage and with careful management and
an appropriately organised exercise programme, the outlook is extremely
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