Next month, we’ll be featuring articles on ankylosing spondylitis and ectopic pregnancy. Test your knowledge on these subjects by distinguishing truth from fiction in the statements below.
1 Men are twice as likely as women to develop AS.
2 As with many chronic inflammatory diseases, in ankylosing spondylitis the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein levels are often elevated.
3 Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and rheumatoid factor are also typically present, as in many autoimmune diseases.
4 Methotrexate is a standard first-line therapy in AS.
5 Methotrexate is a standard first-line therapy in uncomplicated, unruptured ectopic pregnancy.
6 Most women diagnosed with ectopic pregnancy have one or more recognized risk factors for the condition (i.e. pelvic inflammatory disease, tubal scarring, infertility or smoking).
7 Ectopic pregnancy is the commonest life-threatening emergency in the first trimester of pregnancy.
8 Fortunately, the frequency of ectopic pregnancy has been declining in recent years.
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