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Classification for Rheumatoid Arthritis Affecting Cervical Spine

Purpose:

To classify involvement of the upper cervical spine in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis using the classification of Pellicci et al.

Specialty:

Immunology/Rheumatology

Objective:

criteria for diagnosis, severity, prognosis, stage, response to therapy, disease progression, comorbid conditions

ICD-10:

M05, M06, M48.0

Description:

Rheumatoid arthritis may result in instability of the upper cervical spine. Pellicci et al developed a classification system to describe this involvement. The authors are from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

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