Klippel Feil syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Cervical vertebral fusion
- Congenital cervical vertebral fusion
- Congenital fused cervical segments
- Isolated Klippel-Feil syndrome
- Klippel-Feil malformation
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The long-term outlook (prognosis) for people with Klippel Feil syndrome varies depending on the specific features and severity in each affected person. While all affected people have fusion of at least two vertebrae of the neck, additional signs and symptoms (if present) can vary greatly. In general, people with minimal involvement can lead normal, active lives and may have no significant restrictions or symptoms. People with additional abnormalities and/or severe forms of the condition may require careful and routine follow-up, but can have a good prognosis if symptoms and complications are treated early.
Last updated: 9/11/2015
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