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Association between ankylosing spondylitis and venous thromboembolism
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  1. Shih-Wei Lai1,2
  1. 1College of Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
  2. 2Department of Family Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shih-Wei Lai, Department of Family Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung 404, Taiwan; wei{at}mail.cmuh.org.tw

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Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that commonly affects the joints of the spine. The relationship between ankylosing spondylitis and other diseases has been extensively explored.1 2 Recently, a cohort study in Canada conducted by Aviña-Zubieta et al published in Annals ofRheumatic Diseases disclosed that people with ankylosing spondylitis were at higher risk of venous thromboembolism compared with people without ankylosing spondylitis (HR 1.53, 95% CI 1.16 to 2.01).3 Aviña-Zubieta et al’s study is well performed and is informative to the researchers. Some of my views are shared with the readers as follows. First, the overall …

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