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J R Soc Med. 1986 August; 79(8): 457–459.
PMCID: PMC1290415

Anaesthesia for hip replacement in ankylosing spondylitis.


Thirteen total hip replacements in 8 patients with ankylosing spondylitis are reviewed. Complications of the disease which can lead to anaesthetic difficulties are discussed, and the importance of a preoperative visit and the value of indirect laryngoscopy emphasized. As intubation problems may occur, especially in undiagnosed cases, equipment for emergency intubation should always be readily available. The results fully justify the operation.

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