Cervicothoracic Kyphosis in Ankylosing Spondilitis
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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