European Radiology

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 459–468

Cervical spine and crystal-associated diseases: imaging findings

  • Antoine Feydy
  • Frédéric Lioté
  • Robert Carlier
  • Alain Chevrot
  • Jean-Luc Drapé
Musculoskeletal

DOI: 10.1007/s00330-005-2776-z

Cite this article as:
Feydy, A., Lioté, F., Carlier, R. et al. Eur Radiol (2006) 16: 459. doi:10.1007/s00330-005-2776-z

Abstract

The cervical spine may be specifically involved in crystal-associated arthropathies. In this article, we focus on the three common crystals and diseases: hydroxyapatite crystal deposition disease, calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) deposition disease, and monosodium urate crystals (gout). The cervical involvement in crystal-associated diseases may provoke a misleading clinical presentation with acute neck pain, fever, or neurological symptoms. Imaging allows an accurate diagnosis in typical cases with calcific deposits and destructive lesions of the discs and joints. Most of the cases are related to CPPD or hydroxyapatite crystal deposition; gout is much less common.

Keywords

Spine, diseases Spine, inflammation Spine, radiography Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease Hydroxyapatite crystal deposition disease Gout 

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© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Feydy
    • 1
  • Frédéric Lioté
    • 2
  • Robert Carlier
    • 3
  • Alain Chevrot
    • 1
  • Jean-Luc Drapé
    • 1
  1. 1.Service de Radiologie BHôpital CochinParis Cedex 14France
  2. 2.Fédération de RhumatologieHôpital LariboisièreParisFrance
  3. 3.RadiologieHôpital Raymond PoincaréGarchesFrance

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