There is no single diagnostic test for ankylosing spondylitis, which is generally diagnosed after reviewing a combination of variables not limited to: imaging, inflammation levels in the blood, genetic markers, family history, and symptoms. The hallmark feature of ankylosing spondylitis is inflammation in the sacroiliac joints. Importantly, ankylosing spondylitis presents differently in every person, making it difficult to rely on a rigid set of diagnostic criteria.
Myth #4: Ankylosing spondylitis is a man’s disease
Fact: Ankylosing spondylitis affects all genders but exact ratios are unknown; currently more men are understood to be diagnosed, but the ratio is declining as women are being diagnosed at a faster rate. Women can experience a longer delay in being diagnosed because symptoms can be different than those traditionally associated with the disease. Patient communities report that some physicians still believe women cannot get ankylosing spondylitis.