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1984 Recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics for Patients with Down Syndrome and Atlantoaxial Instability Participating in Special Olympics

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Orthopedic Surgery

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Patients with Down Syndrome may develop laxity in ligaments. This can result in atlantoaxial instability in the cervical spine, with subluxation and the potential for spinal cord compression. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines in 1984 for sports participation in patients with Down Syndrome based on the information available at that time.

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