Rheumatoid arthritis of the cervical spine. Surgical decision making based on predictors of paralysis and recovery.

@article{Boden1994RheumatoidAO,
  title={Rheumatoid arthritis of the cervical spine. Surgical decision making based on predictors of paralysis and recovery.},
  author={Scott D. Boden},
  journal={Spine},
  year={1994},
  volume={19 20},
  pages={2275-80}
}
OBJECTIVE This article reviews the current knowledge of predictors of paralysis and the potential for neurologic recovery in patients with rheumatoid arthritis involving the cervical spine. The primary goal is to prevent the onset of an irreversible neurologic deficit. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Use of the posterior atlantodental interval of less than 14 mm as measured from lateral cervical radiographs is a reliable screening tool for identifying high risk patients who require further… CONTINUE READING

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