Şeniz AKÇAY YALBUZDAĞ1, Asiye Mukaddes EROL2, Canan ÇELİK2, Sezin SOLUM2

1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, İzmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey
2Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Şevket Yılmaz Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey

Keywords: Ankylosing spondylitis; paraplegia; vertebral fracture.


Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease involving the axial spine. Ankylosing spondylitis may render the spine prone to trauma, which may cause serious neurological lesions. In this article, we report a 61-year-old male case diagnosed as ankylosing spondylitis after the development of paraplegia due to lumbar vertebral fracture and epidural hematoma. We aimed to emphasize that ankylosing spondylitis may be diagnosed tardily after severe complications of disease, and report the rehabilitation outcomes of the patient.

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