Author | Michael J. Broom, MD


Handle With Care: The Dangers of Cervical Spine Fracture in Patients With Ankylosing Spondylitis

January 02, 2003

Patients with ankylosing spondylitis areat increased risk for fractures (particularlyextension fractures of the cervicaland thoracolumbar spine) and spinalcord injury. Fractures in these patientsare extremely unstable; in fact, they areamong the most complication-prone ofall cervical spine injuries likely to beseen in the primary care setting.