Cervical Myelopathy due to Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • J. P. R. Dick
Part of the Clinical Medicine and the Nervous System book series (CLIN.MED.NERV.)

Abstract

Cervical arthropathy, often with vertebral subluxation, is seen frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Local pain is the commonest symptom; less commonly a myelopathy may develop though even quite gross disease may be clinically silent. In patients with acute or progressive myelopathy, surgical therapy is recommended and the currently accepted practice is to perform anterior decompression, with posterior spinal stabilization in addition, if indicated.

Keywords

Migration Arthritis Osteoporosis Pneumonia Immobilization 

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