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Researches in Arthritis & Bone Study

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Cervical Spine

Submission: June 27, 2019; Published: July 05, 2019

Volume1 Issue5
July, 2019


Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systematic, and progressive autoimmune disorder. More than twothirds of all RA patients show symptomatic cervical spine lesions. RA in the cervical spine is categorized into three types: Atlantoaxial Subluxation (AAS), Vertical Subluxation (VS), and Sub axial Subluxation (SS). For the diagnosis of RA, plain radiographs are the basis of radiographic evaluation. Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are important for the further examination. The significantly better results can be achieved with surgical treatment than with conservative treatment. However, the Indications for transoral decompression are limited. For most of the condition, the posterior atlantoaxial fixation can achieve a good result.

Keywords: Rheumatoid Arthritis; cervical spine; radiographs; surgical treatment

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