Case Report

Klippel-Feil syndrome

J. O. Ozoh, L. D.R. Tsatsi, H. B. Broudie
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 6, No 3 | a1433 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v6i3.1433 | © 2018 J. O. Ozoh, L. D.R. Tsatsi, H. B. Broudie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 2018 | Published: 30 September 2002

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J. O. Ozoh, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Medical University of Southern Africa, South Africa
L. D.R. Tsatsi, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Medical University of Southern Africa, South Africa
H. B. Broudie, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Imaging, Tembisa Hospital, South Africa

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Abstract

We present a 38-year-old male patient who sustained a minor and superficial stab injury in the left flank as well as a laceration on the scalp overlying the right parietal bone. On examination the classical triad of Klippel-Feil syndrome (short neck, low posterior hair line, limitation of neck movements) were observed. Further investigations revealed a plethora of congenital anomalies, including atlanto-occipital fusion, basilar impression, congenital fusion of CS and C6 vertebrae, scoliosis with convexity to the right side, complete situs inversus, and bilateral pelvic kidneys. Despite these multiple anomalies our patient still lives a relatively normal life and only sought medical help after minor injuries sustained during a brawl, for which he was treated in the hospital and discharged the following day.

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