Patients with ankylosing spondylitis demonstrate an increased risk for venous thromboembolism, particularly in the first year after diagnosis, according to findings published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
“Several studies have demonstrated an increased risk of VTE among patients with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases,” Juan Antonio Aviña-Zubieta, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCP, of the University of British Columbia, and colleagues wrote. “A number of studies have demonstrated an increased risk of cardiovascular and overall mortality in patients with AS but there is a paucity of literature on the incidence of VTE in this population.”
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