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Screening for Atlantoaxial Instability in a Patient with Down Syndrome Using Lateral Cervical Spine Radiographs

Specialty:

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Description:

Some patients with Down Syndrome may develop laxity in ligaments. Laxity in the transverse ligament of the atlas can result in atlantoaxial instability in the cervical spine with potential for spinal cord compression. The instability can be identified on lateral radiographs of the base of the skull and cervical spine.

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