Spinal fractures complicating ankylosing spondylitis.

  title={Spinal fractures complicating ankylosing spondylitis.},
  author={Tiffany Hunter and H I Dubo},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={88 4},
The ankylosed osteoporotic spines of patients with long-standing ankylosing spondylitis are prone to fracture. The spinal trauma is of a trivial nature in many patients and the diagnosis may be overlooked, unless neurologic damage occurs. The fractures most commonly occur in the cervical region and may be multiple. Because of spinal osteoporosis and deformity, radiographic visualization of the fracture site may be difficult. Tomography may be helpful in some patients. Management may be… CONTINUE READING
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