This site is intended for healthcare professionals
Login | Register (NOW FREE)

Medical search

Klippel-Feil syndrome

FREE subscriptions for doctors and students... click here
You have 3 open access pages.

Klippel-Feil syndrome is the result of fusion of one or more of the cervical vertebrae. It can cause shortening of the neck, with limited movements. There is bilateral failure of scapular descent.

A fused bar on just one side can cause a major scoliosis of the neck, as the contralateral side grows normally.

A compressive cervical myelopathy can result in later life from spondylosis at the mobile joints above and below the fusion. Rapid rotatory movements of the head may sometimes result in syncope.

This syndrome may be associated with deafness and radial dysplasia.

Sufferers usually have short necks and a low hairline.

Inheritance may be autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive. Chromosome 8 is the site of the suspected genetic defect responsible for development of this syndrome.

Links:

The information provided herein should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical practitioner should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Copyright 2016 Oxbridge Solutions LtdĀ®. Any distribution or duplication of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Oxbridge Solutions LtdĀ® receives funding from advertising but maintains editorial independence. GPnotebook stores small data files on your computer called cookies so that we can recognise you and provide you with the best service. If you do not want to receive cookies please do not use GPnotebook.