Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2009 , Vol 55 , Num 1
Concomitance of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Multiple Sclerosis: A Case Report
Nurettin Taştekin 1 ,Kaan Uzunca 2 ,Yahya Çelik 3 ,Dilek Kurtoğlu 4
1 Trakya Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dalı, Edirne, Türkiye
2 Trakya Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dalı, Edirne
3 Trakya Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Nöroloji Anabilim Dalı, Edirne
4 Trakya Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dalı, Edirne

Multiple sclerosis and ankylosing spondylitis are two autoimmune diseases in which genetic and environmental factors play an important role in the etiopathogenesis. It has been shown in various studies that multiple sclerosis may be associated with various autoimmune pathological conditions such as thyroid disease and pernicious anemia. Moreover, other rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus have been reported to be associated with multiple sclerosis. Also concomitant ankylosing spondylitis patients have been observed among reports in the medical literature. In this case report, a male patient, 39 years old, who was diagnosed as having ankylosing spondylitis and multiple sclerosis has been presented. The etiology and therapy approaches of the concomitance of ankylosing spondylitis and multiple sclerosis were discussed in the light of clinical findings of the case.  

Keywords : Ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis