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Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis - Dublin

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Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory form of arthritis which mainly affects the spine, but can also cause pain and/or swelling in the shoulders, neck, chest/ribs, hips, lower back and buttocks. Sometimes, the eyes are also affected and the disease is linked to other conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis.

It is estimated that 44,000 people in Ireland are living with AS. The disease is 2-3 times more common in males.

One of the major challenges experienced by people with AS is the length of time it can take to receive a diagnosis. This delays effective treatment and increases the risk of long-term damage.

As ankylosing spondylitis advances, it can affect a person’s ability to work. It is estimated that a third of people with AS may be unable to work at all. Around one in six may need to make changes to their working life in order to continue working.

This information evening about living with ankylosing spondylitis will be delivered by Dr Barry O'Shea, consultant rheumatologist at St James's Hospital.

Dr O’Shea graduated from UCD in 1996. During his specialist training in rheumatology he worked in St Vincent’s Hospital, Waterford Regional Hospital, St James’s Hospital and the Mater Hospital. He was the inaugural recipient of the Irish Society for Rheumatology/Wyeth Travelling Fellowship award. This facilitated the completion of his training in the University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital, Canada. He went on to undertake a research fellowship in Toronto with Dr Robert Inman. Specifically he was involved in coordinating and running the spondylitis clinic in Toronto Western Hospital. Particular areas of research included imaging of the sacroiliac joint and spine in back pain and ankylosing spondylitis, as well as comparative studies between juvenile and adult onset AS. He has presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting on this work. He is an active member of ASAS (Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society), an international group of experts in the field of AS. He is a co-founder and principal investigator of ASRI – the Ankylosing Spondylitis Registry of Ireland, a national database of patients with AS from across Ireland. He runs a dedicated clinic in St James’s Hospital for patients with AS.


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