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Low vitamin D in people with autoimmune arthritis

Posted on: April 26, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD


Spondyloarthritis is any arthritis of the vertebral column. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a specific inflammatory spondyloarthritis with variable involvement of peripheral joints and other organs, especially the eyes. AS is a chronic autoimmune arthritis. It can cause eventual fusion of the spine. Patients with typical features of spondyloarthritis who do not fulfill the criteria for AS are classified as having undifferentiated spondyloarthritis (uSpA).

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    It has been known since before 1972 that ankylosing spondilitis is associated often with salmonella infections. The genetic connection with HLA-B27 has also been known for awhile. These studies add an additional part of the puzzle with the association of very low vitamin D. It certainly shouldn’t be a surprise since vitamin D has such a profound positive affect on immunity.

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