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Ege Journal of Medicine
2018, Cilt 57, Sayı 4, Sayfa(lar) 241-243
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Subacute thoracic spinal cord injury caused by minor trauma in a patient with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis
Şükran Güzel, Ajda Bal, İbrahim Gündoğdu, Deniz Erdoğdu, Aytül Çakcı
Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Eğitim Araştırma Hastanesi, Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Kliniği, Ankara, Türkiye
Keywords: Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, spinal cord injuries, spinal fractures

The ankylosed spines are prone to fracture after minor trauma due to its changed biomechanical properties. Fractures in the ankylosed spine are often unstable due to the ossification of supportive and elastic soft tissues and may cause neurologic deficit as a result of dislocation. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a systemic, noninflammatory skeletal disease characterized by ossification in the anterior longitudinal ligament of the vertebral column and entheses, which is more common in elderly and males and whose etiology is not known. Ossification reduces the mobility of the spinal cord and may lead to ankylosis in the future. In this article, we present case of DISH which has not been diagnosed in acute period after minor trauma and has developed spinal fracture and spinal cord injury in subacute period.

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