Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) is a condition that affects the cervical area of the vertebral column. In this condition two or more bones of the cervical vertebrae are fused together and remain immobile. Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) is a congenital condition and is estimated to affect one in about forty thousand people. The Navaladi Blog is all about getting you to learn a new thing with very post and it is time for you to learn about KFS, and the way it can be treated. Knowledge is, after all, power, and with information, you can definitely lend a helping hand to some deserving person.
There are a total of 7 cervical vertebrae and a minor condition of KFS would be if two of these vertebrae are fused, at birth. A more severe condition would obviously be when more vertebrae are fused. Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) renders the neck immobile as well as other symptoms that are hard to miss and are debilitating to the patient.
This brings us to the way to identify people with KFS. 3 classic signs are reported to be a stark indication of the existence of the condition of KFS. They are as follows:
1) A very visibly short neck. Due to the fusing of two or more of cervical vertebrae, the neck appears to be visibly short and truncated.
2) The hairline behind the head is extremely short – this is a direct relation of the truncated neck, and is a telltale sign of the existence of Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS)
3) Severe lack of mobility of the neck. Due to the vertebrae actually being fused together, the mobility of the neck region is extremely restricted and the patient will actually have to swivel the shoulders around to take a look at lateral directions.
KFS can cause headaches and the occurrence of bone spurs as the person ages can cause radiating pain and even paralysis in some people. The lack of mobility of the neck will also lead to other abnormalities that can take a heavy toll as the person ages. Diagnosis is very important for the incidence of KFS and this can be done through a visit to the physician and a suite of radiology imaging. Once the extent of KFS is analysed, options of non-surgical conventional therapeutic treatment are what are most advised. however, depending upon the severity of the deformities and the incidence of other issues like scoliosis, surgical option is also suggested.
Surgery is the same as that of Scoliosis, and at navaladi Endospine Care there is a veritable suite of thorough professionals who have seen several complications and are experienced to amazing levels and work wonders when it comes to endoscopic surgery of cervical vertebrae, be it for scoliosis or for spinal fusion in the case of elder patients. Depending on the level of the KFS, surgery may be performed, but the goal is to attempt to return mobility to the neck and to also eradicate pain and discomfort. Aesthetic angles ar normally entertained only after the surgery and recovery.