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Cervicothoracic Kyphosis in Ankylosing Spondilitis

  • Bernhard Meyer
  • Lukas Bobinski


Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that particularly affects the spine. Due to its widespread ankylosis patients are predisposed to development of a rigid, kyphotic deformity most commonly in thoracolumbar region. However, the cervical and cervicothoracic spine can also be affected. We describe a case of post-traumatic, chin-on-chest deformity in patient with AS, successfully corrected by osteotomy and long-posterior fixation across cervicothoracic junction. Indications, preparations and technical aspects of the surgery as medical and neurological considerations are explained in step-by-step fashion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Meyer
    • 1
  • Lukas Bobinski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryKlinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of OrthopedicsSpine Unit, Umeå University HospitalUmeåSweden

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