Ankylosing spondylitis: survival in men with and without radiotherapy

Arthritis Rheum. 1980 Jan;23(1):57-61. doi: 10.1002/art.1780230110.


We investigated survival of a group of 151 Canadian war veterans with ankylosing spondylitis who were entered into a prospective study in 1947-1949. With 94% successful followup, total survival was 60.9%, significantly less than expected. However, a subgroup who had not been treated with radiotherapy had a survival not significantly different from the general population. Causes of death in both irradiated and nonirradiated subgroups were determined.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mortality*
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing* / radiotherapy*