Children with AS are under risk of spinal problems

DUBAI — Experts report that an arthritic condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) which often goes undiagnosed in childhood, may increase the risk for developing serious spinal problems in adult life.

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Published: Wed 21 Dec 2005, 10:24 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:25 PM

Although this condition is prevalent among the older population, researchers are amazed at sudden rise in the number of children suffering from this serious bone condition. Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is the term used to categorise different types of arthritis affecting children. The most common type of JA is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).

“It is common for children to experience ‘growing pains’ but symptoms of joint aches and pains that last for weeks are unusual. Parents who notice these symptoms in children should consult their family physician,” said Dr Ayman Al Masry, Specialist Rheumatologist, French Clinic, Sharjah.

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