Severe Main Coronary Artery Disease in a Young Woman with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Karabag T., Akpinar I., Okten R. S. , Durak A. , Dogan S. M. , Sayin M. R. , ...More

INTERNAL MEDICINE, vol.51, no.18, pp.2635-2637, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 18
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.2169/internalmedicine.51.7829
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2635-2637


Patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have an approximately two-fold increased death rate compared to the general population, which is predominately caused by increased cardiovascular risk. The prevalence rate for myocardial infarction is approximately 2-3 fold increased as compared with the general population. The inflammatory process appears to have an important role in causing this excess cardiovascular risk. In this paper, we present a case of severe coronary artery disease which could be demonstrated clearly by computer tomography in a 27-year-old woman who is being followed with AS.