Symptomatic atlantoaxial dislocation in Down's syndrome

Vinay Chaudhry, C. Sturgeon, A. J. Gates, G. Myers

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Abstract

Four patients with Down's syndrome suffered compression of the spinal cord secondary to atlantoaxial dislocation. All four developed inability to walk and quadriparesis, with signs of cervical myelopathy. It is important to recognize this potentially fatal complication of the syndrome. Immediate immobilization of the neck, followed by cervical roentgenograms, should be done in any patient with Down's syndrome who presents with neck pain, torticollis, urinary incontinence, or loss of ambulation. Surgical repair with fusion of the first and second cervical vertebrae can be carried out later.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)606-609
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Neurology
Volume21
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Down Syndrome
Cervical Vertebrae
Torticollis
Spinal Cord Compression
Quadriplegia
Neck Pain
Spinal Cord Diseases
Urinary Incontinence
Immobilization
Walking
Neck

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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Chaudhry, V., Sturgeon, C., Gates, A. J., & Myers, G. (1987). Symptomatic atlantoaxial dislocation in Down's syndrome. Annals of Neurology, 21(6), 606-609.

Symptomatic atlantoaxial dislocation in Down's syndrome. / Chaudhry, Vinay; Sturgeon, C.; Gates, A. J.; Myers, G.

In: Annals of Neurology, Vol. 21, No. 6, 1987, p. 606-609.

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Chaudhry, V, Sturgeon, C, Gates, AJ & Myers, G 1987, 'Symptomatic atlantoaxial dislocation in Down's syndrome', Annals of Neurology, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 606-609.
Chaudhry V, Sturgeon C, Gates AJ, Myers G. Symptomatic atlantoaxial dislocation in Down's syndrome. Annals of Neurology. 1987;21(6):606-609.
Chaudhry, Vinay ; Sturgeon, C. ; Gates, A. J. ; Myers, G. / Symptomatic atlantoaxial dislocation in Down's syndrome. In: Annals of Neurology. 1987 ; Vol. 21, No. 6. pp. 606-609.
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