cervical osteoarthritis

cervical osteoarthritis

Cervical spondylosis, degenerative joint disease of the cervical spine Orthopedics A degenerative disorder of the cervical spine 2º to progressive erosion of cartilage covering weight-bearing joints; bone deposit or spur formation may ↓ the diameter of the foramina of exiting nerve roots resulting in compressive Sx or nerve irritation. See Herniated disk.

cervical osteoarthritis

A wearing away of the cartilage surfaces of the spinal bones (vertebrae) of the neck. This is commonest in middle age and causes persistent pain, neck stiffness and sometimes tenderness on pressure over the affected area. See also SPONDARTHRITIS, SPONDYLITIS.
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The headache was atrributed to cervical osteoarthritis, previously diagnosed on CT scanning the year prior.
This case also highlights the dangers of attributing headaches in the context of other symptoms to "simple" causes such as cervical osteoarthritis and it is a reminder to always consider an alternative diagnosis to the working diagnosis.