Korean J Spine.  2009 Jun;6(2):81-85.

Spine Fractures in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis : Three Cases Report

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Wallace Memorial Baptist Hospital, Busan, Korea. hw610202@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, Busan Veterans Hospital, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease. Pathologic changes occurred in patients with AS result in a weakened vertebral column with increased susceptibility to fractures, even though a trivial injury. Fractures usually tends to involve the lower cervical spine, but rarely, they are also occurred in thoracolumbar spine. We present our experiences of three cases of spinal fracture in patients with AS, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, with a review of literatures.

Keyword

Ankylosing spondylitis; Spine fracture; Instability, Neurological deficit; Thoracolumbar spine

MeSH Terms

Humans
Rheumatic Diseases
Spinal Fractures
Spine
Spondylitis
Spondylitis, Ankylosing
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