Andersson Lesion-Complicating Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Xuesong Zhang
  • Yao Wang
  • Yan Wang


Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease which, for the most part, negatively impacts the spine and sacroiliac joints and causes pain and stiffness and kyphotic deformity [1–4]. When the disease develops into the late phase, osteoporotic changes can make the spine fragile and vulnerable to trauma [5, 6]. A minor trauma could induce Andersson lesion (AL), which is a transvertebral, discovertebral or transdiscal fracture of an ankylosed spine. As a result of Andersson lesion, the localized progressive painful kyphotic deformity can lead to severe disturbances of posture and neurologic abnormalities [7]. Andersson lesion was first proposed by Andersson in 1937 [8]. The exact incidence of this disorder was reported in the literature to be between 1.5% and 28% [5].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xuesong Zhang
    • 1
  • Yao Wang
    • 1
  • Yan Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.PLA General HospitalBeijingChina

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