Categories

Camptocormia Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

What is it?

Idiopathic camptocormis is a pathology characterized by abnormalities in posture. It is defined by anterior flexion of the trunk during upright positioning and during walking but disappears when lying down.

In this context of anterior flexion of the trunk, the vertebral column bends forward, the intervertebral discs are pinched forward also, the spinous (bone extensions of the vertebrae) deviate from each other and the external ligaments are stretched.

This disease is the consequence of lumbar paravertebral muscle deficiency, ie a deficiency in the intrinsic muscle structure of the lumbar spine.

Camptocormy mainly affects women over 60 years old.
The main diagnosis of the disease is an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) in which a fatty involution of the posterior spinal muscles is observable. Either the spontaneous or induced decrease of the constituent fats of the muscles forming the lower part of the back. These muscles have an essential role in lowering the ribs and in breathing (especially exhalation).

Symptoms of camptocormia

Camptocormy is a syndrome affecting the extensor muscles of the spine. It is defined by anterior flexion of the trunk while standing and during walking.
There are usually no other symptoms associated with motor skills or sensory level. The lumbar free radicals are usually unaffected by the disease.

However, some patients may have additional genes in their lower back.

The origins of the disease

Camptocormy is defined as abnormal bending of the trunk forward while standing and walking. This pathology has long been considered as being at the origin of a psychological disorder in the subject.

Today, it has been shown that beyond the associated psychiatric syndrome, many cases of the disease are of genetic origin. Indeed, somatic mutations are at the origin of musculoskeletal or neurological disorders.
The majority of cases of camptocormy are related to progressive muscle impairment in the elderly.

The symptoms associated with the disease may be more or less general depending on the sick person.
The origins of the disease are often associated with muscular disorders such as:
inflammatory myopathies (inflammatory muscle diseases);
muscular dystrophies (conditions resulting from a nutritional deficiency of the muscular tissues);
– myotonic myopathies (pathologies affecting the muscles and impacting the muscle tone);
– myopathies of metabolic or endocrine origin.

Camptocormy can also be associated with neurological abnormalities. The neurological disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease can be at the origin of camptocormy, in particular by axial dystonia (dissymmetry in the dorsal muscle tone). 

Risk factors

Camptocormy is defined as abnormal bending of the trunk forward while standing and walking. This pathology has long been considered as being at the origin of a psychological disorder in the subject.


Today, it has been shown that beyond the associated psychiatric syndrome, many cases of the disease are of genetic origin. Indeed, somatic mutations are at the origin of musculoskeletal or neurological disorders.
The majority of cases of camptocormy are related to progressive muscle impairment in the elderly.

The symptoms associated with the disease may be more or less general depending on the sick person.
The origins of the disease are often associated with muscular disorders such as:
inflammatory myopathies (inflammatory muscle diseases);
muscular dystrophies (conditions resulting from a nutritional deficiency of the muscular tissues);
– myotonic myopathies (pathologies affecting the muscles and impacting the muscle tone);
– myopathies of metabolic or endocrine origin.

Camptocormy can also be associated with neurological abnormalities. The neurological disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease can be at the origin of camptocormy, in particular by axial dystonia (dissymmetry in the dorsal muscle tone). 

Prevention and treatment

Beyond the diagnosis by MRI allowing the identification of a fatty involution of the posterior spinal muscles, the electromyogram is also used for the demonstration of the pathology.
The latter makes it possible to identify the existence of myogenic (abnormal muscle tissue) or neurogenic (abnormalities of the nervous system) abnormalities.

Other means of diagnosis are also possible such as a muscle biopsy, adipose (morbid state due to a fatty overload in the cellular tissue) with endomysial fibrosis.

The development of a camptocormie called “secondary” is possible. In this case, it is an underlying consequence of Parkinson’s disease, myopathy, dystonia, certain endocrine diseases, etc.
A differential diagnosis based on the etiology of the disease makes it possible to rule out any possibility of secondary camptocormy.

Treatment of the disease corresponds to tailor-made rehabilitation and anti-kyphosis compression (wearing a corset).

Recent Pot

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Mediologiest © 2018
Please ask your doctor before taking any of the drugs mentioned in the articles or starting any exercise.
We are just providing the research which are publish in revelant medical magezines. We'll not responisble for any kind of sideffects of any of the mentioned durgs.
Frontier Theme