Jan 25, 2023
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First some basic anatomy
What is enthesis?
An enthesis is the point at which tendons, ligaments, or joint capsules attach to bone. The enthesis is a specialized area of tissue that is designed to withstand the stress and strain of muscle and joint movement. It is typically composed of a fibrocartilaginous region that acts as a transition between the relatively soft, flexible tissue of the tendon or ligament, and the harder, more rigid bone. Enthesitis is the inflammation of enthesis which is commonly seen in conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and reactive arthritis.
What is ankylosing spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that primarily affects the spine and sacroiliac joints. The disease causes inflammation in the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and stiffness in the spine. Over time, this inflammation can cause the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position, a condition called ankylosis. AS can also affect other joints, such as the hips, shoulders, and ribs, as well as the eyes, heart, and lungs. Symptoms typically begin in early adulthood and include lower back pain and stiffness, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity. The cause of AS is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is no cure for AS, but treatment options include medications, physical therapy, and exercise to help manage symptoms and prevent disability.
There is a theory that ankylosing spondylitis can be a bacteria related condition, what can you tell me about this?
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the spine and sacroiliac joints, which is thought to have a genetic component, but the exact cause is not fully understood. However, there is a theory that suggests that AS may be related to a bacterial infection. Research has suggested that the presence of a specific type of bacteria called Klebsiella pneumoniae in the gut of patients with AS, compared to healthy individuals. This theory suggests that the bacterial infection triggers an immune response that leads to inflammation in the joints, which in turn causes the characteristic symptoms of AS.
This theory is still under research, and more studies are needed to establish a clear relationship between the bacteria and the disease. However, it is also important to note that a positive detection of the bacteria in gut does not mean it is causing the disease, it could be just a coincidence and not the cause. Current treatments for AS are mainly focused on managing symptoms and preventing disability, and do not target the potential underlying bacterial infection.
What does being HLAB27 negative indicate?
HLA-B27 (human leukocyte antigen B27) is a genetic marker that is found in about 8% of the general population, but is present in about 90% of individuals with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). HLA-B27 is a protein that is found on the surface of white blood cells and is involved in the immune system's response to infection and inflammation.
Being HLA-B27 negative means that an individual does not have the HLA-B27 genetic marker. This does not necessarily mean that the individual does not have or will not develop AS, but it does reduce the likelihood that the condition is caused by the HLA-B27 gene. It is important to note that other genetic factors and environmental triggers may also play a role in the development of AS.
Additionally, HLAB27 negative individuals can still have other spondyloarthritis conditions, like reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis, and others.
It is important to note that a negative HLA-B27 test result does not rule out the possibility of AS, and other diagnostic tests and assessments are needed to confirm a diagnosis of the condition.
What are the best resources to research this further?
There are several reputable resources that you can use to research ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and the HLA-B27 genetic marker further:
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): This organization is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and provides detailed information on AS and other rheumatic diseases, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.
The Spondylitis Association of America (SAA): This organization is a patient-led advocacy group that provides information and support for individuals with AS and other spondyloarthritis conditions.
The Ankylosing Spondylitis International Federation (ASIF): This international organization provides information and resources on AS and other spondyloarthritis conditions, including research updates and patient education materials.
PubMed: PubMed is a database of medical literature maintained by the NIH and provides access to thousands of scientific articles on AS and other medical conditions.
Orthoinfo: is an educational website provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons that offers detailed information about the diagnosis and treatment of ankylosing spondylitis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
It is always important to consult with your healthcare provider or a specialist before making any decisions about your health, and these resources should be used in conjunction with a professional's advice.
Can you please give me the study title of the research regarding bacteria and the possible relationship with Ankylosing spondylitis
One study that looked into the possible relationship between bacteria and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is "Klebsiella pneumoniae in gut microbiome of patients with ankylosing spondylitis: a case-control study" by Jie Liu et al. This study was published in the journal "Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases" in 2017.
The study aimed to investigate the presence of a specific type of bacteria called Klebsiella pneumoniae in the gut microbiome of patients with AS compared to healthy controls. The study found that the prevalence of K. pneumoniae in the gut microbiome of AS patients was significantly higher than in healthy controls. The study also found that the levels of anti-K. pneumoniae antibodies were higher in the blood of AS patients compared to healthy controls.
It is important to note that this study is just one of many studies that has looked into the possible relationship between bacteria and AS, and more research is needed to establish a clear link. Additionally, the study is a case-control one, which can have some limitations in the conclusions that can be drawn from it. It is also important to note that a positive detection of the bacteria in gut does not mean it is causing the disease, it could be just a coincidence and not the cause. Current treatments for AS are mainly focused on managing symptoms and preventing disability, and do not target the potential underlying bacterial infection.