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    Tested Positive?
    An_189672 posted:
    So I just got a call from the dr. that I tested positive for the gene that causes AS (spinal arthritis). I have an appt. for next thursday to discuss it. I just don't know what this means for me??
    bj1208 responded:
    hi - I'm not familiar with this - but i did research and found this site - hopefully it will help answer some questions -

    good luck with this - let us know what happens - take care- ^Joy^
    Meg427 replied to bj1208's response:
    Thanks, I have already looked at that site. I guess I just have to wait until I see the dr. next week.
    Rafael Levin, MD, MSc responded:
    Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is an inflamatory arthritic condition, generally best treated by Rheumatologists. Treatment needs to be tailored according to your symptoms and clinical findings. The good news is that over the past few years new medications have proven to be effective in controlling symptoms. As spine surgeons, we sometimes get to treat patients with spine related AS conditions such as unstable fractures or deformity.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your follow up visit.

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