Ankylosis

Below you will find more information about Ankylosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Ankylosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Ankylosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Ankylosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Ankylosis is a condition characterized by joint stiffness caused by an injury or a disease. The rigidity of joints may be partial or complete. Some cases of Ankylosis may be due to the inflammation of the muscular (tendinous) structures in the outer part of the joints or of the joint's tissues itself.

Treatment

If patients suffer from a completely "ankylosed" elbow or shoulder, excision can be used to restore usefulness and mobility of the limbs.

Types

Ankylosis can be called "false Ankylosis" or "true Ankylosis". When any structure outside the joints is affected, it is called "false Ankylosis". When the disease affects only the inner joints, it is called "true Ankylosis". When the inflammation caused by Ankylosis has caused the end parts of bones to be fused together, the condition is called "complete Ankylosis" or "osseous Ankylosis".

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