Cranio-Cervical Instability (CCI) is where the neck can no longer support the head due to weak ligaments. As a result the junction between the top of the neck & the skull begins to sublux and slip out of place. This causes the brainstem and spinal cord to be compressed, or crushed by bone.
In severe cases it is life threatening. Mel’s prognosis without surgical fusion (of the skull to the neck) is progressive decline in neurological symptoms. In worst case scenario, patients suffer total paralysis and even death.
It is often described as being like a pumpkin (the head) on a toothpick (the spine).
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