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Maximum Award Level
$ 3,800 per year
Patient must have Medicare insurance coverage.
The medication must treat the disease directly.
Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
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Information About the Disease
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) (ANK-ki-low-sing spon-di-LIE-tis) is a chronic inflammatory disease that primarily affects the sacroiliac joints (where the spine attaches to the pelvis), spine, and hip joints. Ankylosing is a term meaning stiff or rigid and spondylitis means inflammation of the spine.
Enthesitis (inflammation of the place where ligaments and muscles attach to bones) accounts for much of the pain and stiffness of AS. This inflammation eventually can lead to bony fusion of the joints (where the fibrous ligaments transform to bone, and the joint permanently grows together).