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Treatment Options in Severe Cervico-Thoracal Deformity in “Bechterew’s Disease”

  • George K. Prezerakos
  • Adrian T. H. Casey
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Abstract

Cervical deformity though uncommon, can result in significant limitations in physical function and everyday life activities. It usually occurs in the sagittal plane partly because of the cervical spine biomechanics (less load dispersed to the anterior column) and partly because of the nature of the underlying causes, which are usually kyphogenic [1]. The spectrum of clinical manifestations includes at one end neck pain and various levels of neurological deficit myelopathy or radiculopathy, to loss of horizontal gaze, swallowing difficulties, self-feeding and self-dressing difficulties and maintaining hygiene [2, 3].

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George K. Prezerakos
    • 1
  • Adrian T. H. Casey
    • 1
  1. 1.Victor Horsley Department of NeurosurgeryThe National Hospital for Neurology and NeurosurgeryQueen Square, LondonUK

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