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2013, 11(4): 406-409 Back to browse issues page
Ankylosing spondylitis in a military aviator
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Ankylosing spondylitis or Marie Strümpell disease, the most common form of the spondyloarthritides, is a

chronic inflammatory disease principally involves the hips and axial skeleton and peripheral joints. In addition,

in severe forms of disease, systemic involvements such as uveitis, pulmonary fibrosis and aortic insufficiency

can be seen. Its onset is insidious, can have extra-articular manifestations, and is diagnosed by clinical

suspicion supported by imaging techniques and associated human leukocyte antigen HLA-B27. The disease

may present with nonspecific symptoms such as low fever, fatigue and weight loss. The illness commonly

affects young adults with a peak of the third decade of life. The male to female ratio is approximately 2 to 3:1.

In the aviators, medical problems may induce a large impact on the ability of aircrew,s safety and their

duties. Musculoskeletal diseases that affect the joints and range of motion are important when conside

aviators as waiver for aircrew members. Non-specific symptoms such as fatigue may decrease tolerance

to acceleration forces in military aviators. So flight surgeons must consider severity of disease and adverse

reaction of drugs on the flight safety and its impact on health,s aviator. In this paper we report a jet pilot with

ankylosing spondylitis disease with a good response to treatment with etanercept.

Keywords: Keywords: ankylosing spondylitis, etanercept, jet pilot, waiver
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Type of Study: Case Report | Subject: General Medicine
Received: 2013/12/30 | Accepted: 2013/12/30 | Published: 2013/12/30
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Ankylosing spondylitis in a military aviator. Ann Mil Health Sci Res. 2013; 11 (4) :406-409
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