Cervical spine instability from tumoral calcinosis
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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 . 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 . Some reports also suggest that incomplete...
KeywordsFacet Joint Neurologic Exam Anterior Cervical Discectomy Calcium Hydroxyapatite Lateral Mass Screw
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