Survey on Disease Triggers of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Investigator

Jane Zochling (Herne) in cooperation with Martin Bohl-Bühler (Brandenburg and Berlin), Prof. Dr. Ernst Feldtkeller (vice president ASIF, München), and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Braun (Herne, Germany).

Method

Questions on possible triggers of the disease were included in the questionnaire published in the June 2000 newsletters of the AS societies in Germany and Austria. 1080 AS patients responded.  102 patients with disc prolapse served as a control group.

Scientific publication of results

Zochling J, Bohl-Bühler MH, Baraliakos X, Feldtkeller E, Braun J. Infection and work stress are potential triggers of ankylosing spondylitis. Clin Rheumatol 2006;25:660-666