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The symptom-complex described by Bechterew, Strűmpell, and Pierre-Marie is not a disease entity, but is the sequel of an infectious disease. The symptoms appear in the veretebral column only under certain predisposing conditions. Rheumatism plays the chief rôle. Trauma and gonorrhea alone are not responsible. Skeletal anomalies and bad living conditions are important predisposing factors. Not only are the small joints involved, but also the vertebral bodies, disks, and ligaments. The pain is caused by pressure upon the nerves by overfilled veins, and by inflammatory changes in the nerve sheaths. The affection is of an inflammatory nature; after its healing
Bechterew's Disease.. Ann Intern Med. 1930;4:642. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-4-6-642_1
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