Severe Main Coronary Artery Disease in a Young Woman with Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Karabag T., Akpinar I., Okten R. S. , Durak A. , Dogan S. M. , Sayin M. R. , ...Daha Fazla

INTERNAL MEDICINE, cilt.51, ss.2635-2637, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


Patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have an approximately two-fold increased death rate compared to the general population, which is predominately caused by increased cardiovascular risk. The prevalence rate for myocardial infarction is approximately 2-3 fold increased as compared with the general population. The inflammatory process appears to have an important role in causing this excess cardiovascular risk. In this paper, we present a case of severe coronary artery disease which could be demonstrated clearly by computer tomography in a 27-year-old woman who is being followed with AS.