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World J Orthop. Jul 18, 2014; 5(3): 292-303
Published online Jul 18, 2014. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v5.i3.292
Advances in the treatment of cervical rheumatoid: Less surgery and less morbidity
Grant W Mallory, Sasha R Halasz, Michelle J Clarke
Grant W Mallory, Sasha R Halasz, Michelle J Clarke, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, United States
Author contributions: All authors contributed to draft and critically revise the intellectual content of this article; The concept and design was initially devised by Mallory GM and Clarke MJ and further modified by Halasz SR; References were compiled by Mallory GM and Halasz SR; Supplemental figures and tables were constructed by Halasz SR; all authors gave final approval of the version to be published.
Correspondence to: Michelle J Clarke, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, United States.
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Received: December 21, 2013
Revised: March 8, 2014
Accepted: April 17, 2014
Published online: July 18, 2014
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Core tip: This review summarizes the pertinent features of cervical rheumatoid arthritis. A discussion of important preoperative considerations and surgical approaches in a modern era with advancing medical therapy is provided. The evolution of surgical techniques and outcomes are also highlighted.