Neck and vertebrae An evaluation of the C1 and C2 should be done to detect odontoid hypoplasia; spinal fusion may be indicated. Even though a spinal fusion may not be needed, lax ligaments in the neck could lead to spinal injury during anesthesia, contact sports, and car accidents. There also may be chest constriction, which can cause decreased lung capacity. Therefore, a person should be closely monitored during anesthesia and for complications during a respiratory infection.
Regular eye exams should be done by an ophthalmologist to evaluate for near-sightedness and detached retinas. A detached retina is an urgent condition. Any unusual eye symptoms should be reports to an ophthalmologist right away.
Hearing should be checked and ear infections should be closely monitored. Tubes may need to be placed in the ear.
During anesthesia, there are risks related to cervical spine instability, lung capacity, and small airways. Anesthesia should NOT be performed until these have been evaluated.
Orthopedic care may be needed to evaluate hip, spinal, and knee complications. Hip replacement is sometimes warranted in adults. Additionally, due to poorly developed type II collagen, people with Kniest may experience arthritis.
Always check with your medical doctor to evaluate your particular health care needs.