Table of Contents

Introductory overview on ankylosing spondylitis.
Epidemiology of ankylosing spondylitis and related spondyloarthropathies.
Causes of ankylosing spondylitis.
Disease process.
Clinical features.
Physical findings.
Diagnosis.
Other manifestations and complications.
Descriptions of related diseases : the spondyloarthropathies.
Assessment of disease activity.
Disease management.
New treatment : remarkable efficacy of TNF-a antagonists.
Other aspects of disease management.
Socioeconomic aspects and prognosis.
Brief illustrative case histories.