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Spine Fractures in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis : Three Cases Report.
Tae Sik Park, Weon Heo, Dong Youl Rhee, Hwa Seung Park, Jun Sook Song, Se Heun Joung
1Department of Neurosurgery, Wallace Memorial Baptist Hospital, Busan, Korea. hw610202@hanmail.net
2Department of Neurosurgery, Busan Veterans Hospital, Busan, Korea.
Abstract
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease. Pathologic changes occurred in patients with AS result in a weakened vertebral column with increased susceptibility to fractures, even though a trivial injury. Fractures usually tends to involve the lower cervical spine, but rarely, they are also occurred in thoracolumbar spine. We present our experiences of three cases of spinal fracture in patients with AS, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, with a review of literatures.
Keywords: Ankylosing spondylitis;Spine fracture;Instability, Neurological deficit;Thoracolumbar spine


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