Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis

Also known as: JAS, juvenile spondyloarthritis.

What is juvenile ankylosing spondylitis?

Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis is a form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis that affects children. It specifically impacts areas where ligaments, muscles or tendons are attached to bones, most often affects the lower back.

What causes juvenile ankylosing spondylitis?

The cause of juvenile ankylosing spondylitis is unknown. Genetic factors can play a role as well as certain environmental factors. Smoking while pregnant has been shown to be a risk factor for the development of Juvenile Ankylosing spondylitis.

What are the symptoms of juvenile ankylosing spondylitis?

Symptoms of juvenile ankylosing spondylitis include back pain, stiffness, fatigue, loss of appetite and joint pain. Pain is usually present in the morning and improves throughout the day.

What are juvenile ankylosing spondylitis care options?

Medication, exercise and physical therapy can help to manage the symptoms of juvenile ankylosing spondylitis and help people live the best life possible with the disease.

Reviewed by: Yonit Sterba Rakovchik, MD

This page was last updated on: October 22, 2019 09:13 AM