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Identifying a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis Who Should Be Screened for Cervical Spine Disease Prior to Surgery

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General Surgery & Anesthesiology

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Description:

Some patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) will develop instability in the cervical spine with spinal cord compression. Flexion of the neck during surgery can result in severe morbidity and even mortality. Certain findings can help identify a patient with rheumatoid arthritis who should undergo screening for cervical spine involvement.

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