Atlantoaxial dislocation related to instilling eyedrops in a patient with Down's syndrome

P. Nucci, M. De Pellegrin, R. Brancato

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To alert ophthalmologists of the risk of hyperextending the neck of patients with Down's syndrome while holding them to instill eyedrops. METHOD: We describe a case of atlantoaxial dislocation related to instilling eyedrops in a 6-year-old girl with Down's syndrome. RESULT: Early recognition of the problem allowed prompt treatment and partial recovery of the patient. CONCLUSION: Examination and clinical maneuvers in a child with Down's syndrome require gentleness and avoidance of hyperextension of the neck to prevent spinal cord injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)908-910
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume122
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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