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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 10, No. 3, 2010, pp. 302-304
Bioline Code: hs10057
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2010, pp. 302-304

 en Cervical Klippel-Feil syndrome predisposing an elderly African man to central cord myelopathy following minor trauma
Olufemi, Adeleye A. & Olusola, Akinyemi R.


An otherwise-healthy, active 83-year-old Nigerian man developed reversible central cord myelopathy from a mild fall on a level surface. Cervical spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed C5, 6, and 7 block vertebrae and marked disc extrusions only at the immediately adjoining upper and lower non-fused segments of the cervical spine. There was no spinal canal stenosis otherwise. We think that the unique presentation of this case of Klippel-Feil syndrome further supports the impression that following fusion (congenital or acquired) of one segment of the spinal coliiinii, hypermobility of the non-fused adjoining segments may strongly predispose to more disc extrusions.

Klippel-Feil syndrome, Central cord syndrome, minor trauma

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