Clin Spine Surg 2022 Mar 7. Epub 2022 Mar 7.
Department of Neurology Pathophysiology Program Department of Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and Traumatology, School of Medical Science, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas-SP, Brazil Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Neurosurgery, Northwestern Spine Health, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a common form of axial spondyloarthritis, characterized by inflammatory back pain, radiographic sacroiliitis, excess spinal bone formation, and a high prevalence of HLA-B27. Commonly, AS patients require spinal surgery for kyphotic deformities, spinal trauma, and spinal infections. For preoperative management, proper interruption considering each specific half-lives of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs are necessary to avoid complications, such as infections. Read More