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inflammation of the vertebrae, usually a serious and chronic disorder. It may be associated with tuberculosis of the bones, in which case it is called pott's disease. The vertebrae become eroded and collapse, causing kyphosis. Spondylitis may also be associated with other infectious diseases, such as brucellosis, in which the intervertebral disks and the vertebrae are affected and sometimes destroyed; this is one cause of ankylosing spondylitis, a particularly serious variety.
ankylosing spondylitis (Bekhterev's spondylitis) a form of rheumatoid arthritis that affects the spine, characterized by inflammation of the facet joints and inflammatory changes of the stabilizing ligaments of the spine (enthesopathy). It affects males almost exclusively. There is stiffening of spinal joints and ligaments, so that movement becomes increasingly painful and difficult. When it runs its full course, it results in bony ankylosis of the vertebral joints, which may extend to the ribs and limit the flexibility of the rib cage, so that breathing is impaired. Called also Marie-Strümpell disease or spondylitis and rheumatoid spondylitis.
Kümmell's spondylitis Kümmell's disease.
Marie-Strümpell spondylitis ankylosing spondylitis.
post-traumatic spondylitis Kümmell's disease.
rheumatoid spondylitis ankylosing spondylitis.
Inflammation of one or more of the vertebrae.
[spondyl- + G. -itis, inflammation]
spondylitis/spon·dy·li·tis/ (spon″dĭ-li´tis) inflammation of vertebrae.
spondylitis ankylopoie´tica , ankylosing spondylitis rheumatoid arthritis of the spine, affecting young persons predominantly, with pain and stiffness as a result of inflammation of the sacroiliac, intervertebral, and costovertebral joints; it may progress to cause complete spinal and thoracic rigidity.
Kümmell's spondylitis see under disease.
Marie-Strümpell spondylitis ankylosing s.
spondylitis tuberculo´sa tuberculosis of the spine.
spondylitis typho´sa that following typhoid fever.
Inflammation of the vertebrae.
Etymology: Gk, sphondylos, vertebra, itis
an inflammation of any of the vertebrae, usually characterized by stiffness and pain. The condition may be the result of traumatic injury to the spine, infection, or rheumatoid disease. See also ankylosing spondylitis. spondylitic, adj.
spondylitisOrthopedics Inflammation of one or more vertebrae. See Ankylosing spondylitis.
Inflammation of one or more vertebrae.
[G. spondylos, vertebrae + G. -itis, inflammation]
spondylitisInflammation of any of the joints between the VERTEBRAE of the spine. This may occur in OSTEOARTHRITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, or, more specifically, in ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS.
An inflammation of the spine.
Mentioned in: Ankylosing Spondylitis
n condition marked by inflammation of the vertebrae.
Patient discussion about spondylitis
Q. Is ankylosing spondylitis genetically inherited?
A. It is known today that ankylosing spondylitis (spondyloarthritis) has a very strong genetic connection. It is not a disease inhertited by a single gene that is dominant, but certainly there is genetic predisposition in families (and a more detailed information- about 90% of the patients express the HLA-B27 genotype).More discussions about spondylitis