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Best of 2017: Cause of Death in Ankylosing Spondylitis

A French population based study of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) was report in the Journal of Rheumatology.

They analyzed the death certificates and cause of death in 2940 AS patients over 3 different decades (1969-78; 1979-99; 2000-2009).

The mortality rate of AS remained stable over time.

The most frequent causes of death in AS patients were death certificates were CV disease (46%-28%), neoplasm (12.7% -15.7%), pulmonary diseases (16.7%-9.4%), and gastrointestinal diseases (8.4%-6.4%).

Compared to the general population, AS patients were more likely to have infectious deaths, but less likely to die of cancer.

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