About a rare complication of spondyloarthritis
Dhia Kaffel, Wafa Hamdi
The Pan African Medical Journal. ;27:194. doi:10.11604/pamj..27.194.12294

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About a rare complication of spondyloarthritis

Dhia Kaffel, Wafa Hamdi
Pan Afr Med J. 2017; 27:194. doi:10.11604/pamj.2017.27.194.12294. Published 13 Jul 2017



A 60-year-old Tunisian male, treated for an axial spondyloarthritis with indometacin (100 mg per day), consulted for a new 4-month history of inflammatory neck pain. The neurologic exam was normal. Radiographs of his neck showed a vertical atlantoaxial subluxation. MRI did not find any neurological suffering. Atlantoaxial subluxation is an uncommon and potentially fatal complication of spondyloarthritis. Vertical subluxation is a rare variant and is also the most severe. Vertical subluxation is measured using the Clark and Ranawat's method. It includes determination of the vertical distance between the center of the axis pedicle and the transverse axis of the atlas. If the distance is less than 14mm in males and 13mm in females, vertical subluxation is diagnosed. For some authors, to obtain the diagnosis of vertical subluxation, a combination of the Clark and Ranawat's method, the Redlund-Johnell methods has been recommended. The distance between "McGregor's line" and "the midpoint of the inferior margin of the body of axis" is used to evaluate vertical subluxation according to Redlund-Johnell method (less than 34 mm in men and 29 mm in women indicates vertical subluxation).


Corresponding author:
Dhia Kaffel, Rheumatology Department, Kassab Institute, Manouba, Tunisia
dhkzero@yahoo.fr

©Dhia Kaffel et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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