Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints between the vertebrae of the spine and the joints between the spine and the pelvis. The purpose of this study is to collect information and blood samples from patients with AS and their relatives for use in genetic studies.

Official Title

Family Studies of the Genetics of Ankylosing Spondylitis


– Spondylitis- Ankylosing Spondylitis

Study Type


Study Design

Natural History, Cross-Sectional, Defined Population, Retrospective/Prospective Study

Further Details

AS is a chronic inflammatory disease that eventually causes the affected vertebrae to fuse or grow together. The cause of ankylosing spondilitis is unknown, but genetic factors seem to play a role. Risk factors include a family history of ankylosing spondylitis and male gender. This study will collect patient information and blood samples from affected and unaffected sib pairs (and when available, both parents) of 400 Caucasian families with at least two siblings fulfillling the modified New York criteria for AS. Diagnosis of AS will be verified by patient questionnaire, medical record review, and pelvic radiographs. Information from these patients will be used to search the human genome for disease-associated loci and/or genes. This study will also utilize contributions of investigators who have conducted recent clinical or genetic research in AS at 10 academic medical centers throughout North America (the North American Spondylitis Consortium, or NASC).

Study Start

Eligibility & Criteria

Genders Eligible for Study: Both Accepts Healthy VolunteersCriteria Inclusion Criteria:Meet modified New York criteria for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) AS as confirmed by X-rays of sacroiliac joints (between the pelvis and spine) At least two siblings in family with AS

Total Enrolment


Contact Details

[1] Spondylitis Association of America Clinical Coordinating Center [2] John D. Reveille, MD, Principal Investigator, University of Texas – Health Science Center at Houston

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