Sudden death in rheumatoid arthritis with atlanto-axial dislocation.

  title={Sudden death in rheumatoid arthritis with atlanto-axial dislocation.},
  author={Pawel Mikulowski and Frank A. Wollheim and P L Rotmil and Ingar Olsen},
  journal={Acta medica Scandinavica},
  volume={198 6},
A post mortem material of 11 consecutive cases of severe atlanto-axial dislocation (a.a.d.) with cord compression is reported. The total number of deaths from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) during the period of 5 years was 104, and all were autopsied. Neurological symptoms correlated poorly to fatal a.a.d. Hemiplegia was found in three cases, one of which, however, was caused by thrombosis cerebri. Spastic signs were transiently recorded in two patients and dysphagia in a further two. Five patients… CONTINUE READING


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