Arthritis of the atlanto-axial joint with inflammatory neck pain as a primary manifestation of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.

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Summary of "Arthritis of the atlanto-axial joint with inflammatory neck pain as a primary manifestation of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis."

HISTORY AND ADMISSION
FINDINGS:
A 68-year-old woman with known degenerative joint disease suffered from increasing neck pain. Physical examination revealed painfully restricted movement of the cervical spine.
INVESTIGATIONS:
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein were increased. Tests for rheumatoid factors, antinuclear, anti-citrullinated protein and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody were negative. Cervical spine x-ray showed osteochondrosis with partially bridging spondylosis at C5/C6, but there was no atlanto-axial dislocation. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed bone marrow edema and hyperintensity of the odontoid process, but there were no indications of fissures or fracture lines. TREATMENT AND
COURSE:
These findings indicated seronegative rheumatoid arthritis, with predominantly active atlanto-axial arthritis. After methotrexate and prednisolone had been administered the symptoms improved rapidly and inflammatory parameters returned to normal. Three months later no atlanto-axial arthritis was seen at MRI.
CONCLUSION:
Rheumatoid arthritis involving the atlanto-axial region should be considered in patients with persisting neck pain and signs of inflammation.

Affiliation

Rheumazentrum Ruhrgebiet, St. Vinzenz Gruppe Ruhr GmbH.

Journal Details

This article was published in the following journal.

Name: Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift (1946)
ISSN: 1439-4413
Pages: 1729-1732

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