What are the less common manifestations of cervical spondylosis?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Hassan Ahmad Hassan Al-Shatoury, MD, PhD, MHPE; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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Less common manifestations

  • Primary sensory loss may be present in a glovelike distribution.

  • Tandem spinal stenosis is a simultaneous cervical and lumbar stenosis resulting from spondylosis. It is a triad of findings: neurogenic claudication, complex gait abnormality, and a mixed pattern of upper and lower motor neuron signs.

  • Dysphagia may be present if the spurs are large enough to compress the esophagus.

  • Vertebrobasilar insufficiency and vertigo may be observed.

  • Elevated hemidiaphragm, caused by spondylotic compression of C3-4 (as noted in a case report), may be another finding.

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