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Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 155, Issue 7, pp 1245–1246 | Cite as

Cervical spine instability from tumoral calcinosis

  • Ricky H. WongEmail author
  • Anita P. Bhansali
  • Egon M. Doppenberg
Letter to the editor - Spine

Dear Editor,

In the present case, we describe the clinical presentation, surgical management, and long-term follow-up of a rare case of tumoral calcinosis-induced cervical spine instability. Tumoral calcinosis is a rare disease characterized by the deposition of calcium crystals in peri-articular soft tissue. It can be familial or associated with other conditions, typically metabolic or other illnesses that result in metabolic disturbances [5]. It most commonly affects large joints, such as the hip and shoulders, but has been described in smaller joints including the spine. When tumoral calcinosis occurs, it appears as multi-loculated, solid calcifications that generally cause local swelling, pain, and restricted mobility of the adjacent joint. Surgical resection of these calcifications is associated with a variable rate of recurrence. In patients with associated metabolic abnormalities, recurrence rates up to 33 % have been reported [2]. Some reports also suggest that incomplete...

Keywords

Facet Joint Neurologic Exam Anterior Cervical Discectomy Calcium Hydroxyapatite Lateral Mass Screw 
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Conflicts of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricky H. Wong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anita P. Bhansali
    • 1
  • Egon M. Doppenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of NeurosurgeryUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryNorth Shore Neurologic InstituteEvanstonUSA

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