Spine Fracture in Ankylosing Spondylitis.
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Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease. The natural evolution of AS leads to a spinal fusion by the formation of bony ridges and diffuse spinal stiffness. The inflammation and this diffuse stiffness exposes the spine to risks of fractures as a result of minor trauma.

Case
We report the case of a 44 year old man diagnosed with AS, with peripheral involvement, ten years ago. The patient suffered an accidental fall and he was attended the emergency room for neck pain without motor or sensory disorders. In the cervical spine radiographs no obvious changes are evident, so it was performed computerized tomography. He was diagnosed with non-displaced odontoid fracture. Prior to this event, the patient had a normal densitometry and bone metabolism analytical. During follow-up he had remained stable, without signs of neurologic involvement.

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