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Ankylosis is a medical condition that occurs when bones fuse in a joint. The fusion can be complete or partial, and it leads to severe rigidity of movement. Symptoms of the condition include pain in the joint and a limited range of motion. Ankylosis can be caused by various diseases, such as arthritis and certain forms of gangrene, and it also can be caused by traumatic injury and inflammation. The condition can happen anywhere in the body where bones meet at a joint.