This symposium is an update of current knowledge regarding rheumatoid involvement of the cervical spine.Summary of Background Data.
The pathophysiology of rheumatoid involvement in the neck is the same as it is in the peripheral joints. Information regarding the natural history of this condition is incomplete, and more data are needed regarding the natural history in the untreated patient as well as the outcomes of operative management.Conclusions.
Long-term studies of the natural history in the untreated patient as well as the results of operative management will be needed before definitive statements can be made regarding treatment recommendations. However, the latest information available is being presented to guide treatment at this time.