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How is ankylosing spondylitis diagnosed?

In addition to reviewing medical history and carrying out a physical examination, a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis can made by: • An X-ray to identify any changes in bones and joints; • A computerized tomography (CT) scan to assist with early diagnosis; • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to enable visualization of the inflammatory changes in the sacroiliac joint and the spine; • Blood tests to check for an increase in inflammation, and; • Genetic testing to check for the presence of the HLA-B27 gene.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 11 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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