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Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Print version ISSN 0482-5004
RESTREPO, Juan Pablo and MOLINA, María Del Pilar. Complete heart block in ankylosing spondylitis. Rev. Bras. Reumatol. [online]. 2012, vol.52, n.5, pp.802-803. ISSN 0482-5004. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0482-50042012000500015.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic rheumatic disease of young men that affects mainly the axial skeleton and is associated with HLA-B27 in 90% of the cases. Incidence of cardiovascular involvement in AS ranges between 10%-30%; conduction disturbances have been described in 1%-9% of the patients with AS. The majority of the series show a relationship with longstanding disease. To our knowledge, this is the first report of complete heart block in early AS.
Keywords : ankylosing spondylitis; HLA-B27 antigen; heart block.