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Rheumatoid pannus of the cervical spine: a case report of an unusual cause of dysphagia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10224703     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dysphagia as an initial complaint in rheumatoid arthritis is rare. We describe the case of a 69-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis who presented with a 2-day history of acute dysphagia. Our evaluation revealed the cause of the dysphagia was the presence of rheumatoid pannus that involved the anterior cervical spine and compressed the esophagus. Although the otolaryngologic manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis usually relate to synovial involvement of the temporomandibular and cricoarytenoid joints, our case establishes that a rheumatoid pannus on the anterior cervical spine can cause dysphagia. We believe that this may be the first reported case of this clinical entity.
W C Kinney; R J Scheetz; M Strome
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ear, nose, & throat journal     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0145-5613     ISO Abbreviation:  Ear Nose Throat J     Publication Date:  1999 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-18     Completed Date:  1999-06-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701817     Medline TA:  Ear Nose Throat J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  284, 289-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Otolaryngology, University of Missouri-Columbia 65212, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*,  diagnosis*
Cervical Vertebrae / pathology*,  radiography*
Deglutition Disorders / diagnosis*,  etiology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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