Smoking makes ankylosing spondylitis worse

Data from two large studies, one from France and the other from the University cigarette-smokingof Rochester,  has shown that cigarette smoking worsens the course of anklylosing-spondylitisankylosing spondylitis causing earlier development of inflammatory low back pain, more inflammation, and a higher likelihood of developing x-ray changes showing damage to the sacroiliac joints in the spine.

For a long time we have known that smoking causes lung disease and this can aggravate the restrictive chest component in ankylosing spondylitis.  Now we have more evidence of the deleterious effects.

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