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Iatrogenic Cervical Fracture in a Case with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rehabilitation Practices

Author(s): İlknur Tuğcu | Bilge Yılmaz | Kutay Tezel | Kamil Yazıcıoğlu | Haydar Möhür

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 56;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 88;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Ankylosing spondylitis | iatrogenic fracture | cervical fracture | tetraplegia

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease that primarily affects the vertebral column and sacroiliac joints. The development of syndesmophytosis in AS leads up to a rigid and bamboo shape spine. Osteoporosis and a rigid spine may be potential risk factors for fractures due to minor traumas in this patient group. In this article, we present a case of iatrogenic C6-7 fracture and dislocation occurred while the patient was being positioned for magnetic resonance imaging study. Health care professionals should be aware of the increased risk of spine injury due to minor traumas in patients with AS. Turk J Phys Med Rehab 2010;56:88-90.
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