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What causes ankylosing spondylitis?

Nobody knows for sure what causes ankylosing spondylitis. However, it is known that sometimes ankylosing spondylitis runs in families. If someone in the family has it, a person has around a 10 percent chance of having it too. Some people think that an infection or something in the environment might be important. Doctors and scientists are working hard investigating the causes of ankylosing spondylitis.

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