- Men are four times more likely to have the disorder compared to women.
- A child with a Bechterew parent has 10% more chance of developing the disorder.
- Certain bacterial infections in the human body (e.g. in the bowels or the urinary tract) could apparently cause the development of Bechterew in people who are sensitive to the disease.
- Restricted expansion of your chest.
- Chronic stooping.
- Eye inflammation.
- Unintentional weight loss.
- Bowel inflammation.
- Drug therapy: This includes over-the-counter drugs that relieve pain (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and piroxicam). It can also include drugs that modify rheumatic diseases (such as sulfasalazine and methotrexate and corticosteroids like prednisone. Researchers are also looking at promising, new drugs, such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers etanercept and infliximab.
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