Which clinical history findings are characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) of the cervical spine?

Updated: Aug 13, 2019
  • Author: Steven R Garfin, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Rheumatoid involvement of the cervical spine is just one element in a systemic disease process. Cervical involvement often correlates with the degree of hand and wrist erosion. Cervical involvement also has been associated with the presence of rheumatoid nodules and the use of corticosteroids. Classically, craniocervical neck pain often is associated with occipital headaches.


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