A case report of a patient with cleft palate carrying the risk of tetraplegia

Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2011 Nov;48(6):773-5. doi: 10.1597/09-239. Epub 2010 Sep 8.


Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SEDC) is an inherited disorder of bone growth that results in short-trunk dwarfism, skeletal abnormalities, disorders in vision and hearing, atlanto-axial instability, and cleft palate. This important anomaly of the cervical vertebrae carries the risk of tetraplegia during cleft palate operations. In this case report, we discuss a case of spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, the perioperative and postoperative measures, and the risk of tetraplegia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple
  • Cleft Palate / physiopathology*
  • Cleft Palate / surgery
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Osteochondrodysplasias / physiopathology*
  • Quadriplegia / physiopathology*