Thursday, 21 August 2008

Skeletal Fluorosis Causing High Cervical Myelopathy by Hrishikesh Kumar , Marina Boban , Mona Tiwari

Skeletal fluorosis is endemic in some parts of the world and is the result of life-long ingestion of high
amounts of fluoride in drinking water. Its clinical presentation is characterized mostly by bone and dental changes with later ossification of many ligaments and interosseous membranes. We present a rare case of high cervical myelopathy caused by ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament and ligamentum flavum in a patient from an area endemic for skeletal fluorosis. The clinical presentation of skeletal fluorosis and treatment options are discussed.

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