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Adult grisel’s syndrome: report of a rare case

International Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Journal
Alfredo Carvalho, André Pinho, Francisco Serdoura, Vitorino Veludo


Grisel’s Syndrome consists of an atlantoaxial subluxation due to laxity associated with ligament inflammation, usually after infectious processes of the head and neck. It is an extremely rare disease in adults and it’s diagnosis implies a high level of suspicion. Because of its rarity, adult treatment is not completely established. The authors aim to present the case of a 27-year-old patient surgically treated with atlantoaxial arthrodesis by the Wright technique, with a good result at 5 years of follow-up.


grisel syndrome, atlanto-axial instability, atlanto-axial arthrodesis