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Ankylosing spondylitis: a difficult diagnosis in patients on long-term renal replacement therapy.
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PMID:  12018635     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report the case of a 48-year-old male, whose musculoskeletal manifestations, previously related to long-term renal replacement therapy (RRT), were diagnosed as ankylosing spondylitis when symptoms changed their pattern on daily hemodialysis (DHD). The patient started RRT in 1981; in 1985 he received a cadaver graft, which failed in 1987. Secondary hyperparathyroidism, amyloid geoids, bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and high aluminium levels were present. Musculoskeletal pain, reported since 1986, involved feet, heels, hips, shoulders, hands, spine. Symptoms impairing daily life did not improve after parathyroidectomy. He developed chronic hypotension and recurrent atrial fibrillation. In 1994 and 1998, because of thoracic pain, coronarography was performed (normal on both occasions). In June 2000, DHD was started. Equivalent renal clearance increased from 9-12 to 15-17 mL/min. Well-being remarkably improved. In September 2000, musculoskeletal pain worsened and bilateral Achilles tendinitis occurred. The worsening of musculoskeletal symptoms despite the improvements in well-being and other dialysis related symptoms prompted a re-evaluation of the case. The diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis was based on: history of plantar fasciitis, bilateral Achilles tendinitis, inflammatory spinal pain with limitation of lumbar spine mobility (positive Schober test), radiological evidence of grade 2 bilateral sacroiliitis, presence of HLA-B27. This diagnosis cast light on the episodes of chest pain, explained by enthesopathy at the costosternal and manubriosternal joints and atrial fibrillation, due to HLA-B27 associated impairment in heart conduction. This case exemplifies the difficulty of differential diagnosis of multisystem illness in patients with long RRT follow-up.
Giorgina B Piccoli; Marco Quaglia; Elisabetta Mezza; Manuel Burdese; Candida Lacuzzo; Francesca Bechis; Luigi Biancone; Patrizia Anania; Emanuela Maddalena; Alberto Jeantet; Giuseppe P Segoloni; Carlo Salvarani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nephrology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1121-8428     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nephrol.     Publication Date:    2002 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-05-20     Completed Date:  2003-01-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9012268     Medline TA:  J Nephrol     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Turin, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Fibrillation / etiology
Diagnosis, Differential
Diagnostic Errors*
Kidney Failure, Chronic / complications,  therapy
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Middle Aged
Pain / etiology
Renal Dialysis
Renal Osteodystrophy / diagnosis*
Renal Replacement Therapy / adverse effects*
Spondylitis, Ankylosing / complications,  diagnosis*

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