Massive diminution of the cervical spine: One case report

R. Shane Tubbs, Philip Rizek, Marios Loukas, Mohammadali M. Shoja, Mohammad Ardalan, W. Jerry Oakes

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The authors report a 13-year-old female with shunted hydrocephalus who when evaluated for neck pain, was found to have not only fusion of cervical vertebrae but significant diminution of the cervical spine. Following our review of the classification of KFA and our case report, the current interpretation of Klippel and Feil's original description of KFA should be re-evaluated, and/or a new class of KFA used, that of complete or partial cervical vertebrae agenesis and associated abnormalities, should be considered in the classification of this anomaly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalItalian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Anatomy
  • Klippel-feil anomaly
  • Neck

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Embryology


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