Diagnosis and Testing
How do I get tested for ankylosing spondylitis?
There are several blood tests available to check for inflammation markers and the presence of the HLA-B27 gene. Having the HLA-B27 gene doesn’t mean you will develop AS. Fewer than 1 of 20 people with HLA-B27 actually develop symptoms of AS. The diagnosis of AS is made on the basis of a combination of symptoms, physical examination findings, lab results, and imaging.
SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/ankylosing-spondylitis/diagnosis-testing/7007 • DATE UPDATED: 2016-06-07