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Neurocirugia (Astur). 2004 Oct;15(5):476-9.

[Congenital absence of a cervical spine pedicle. Incidental finding in patient with cervical pain. Diagnostic approach by helical CT].

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Servicio de Radiodiagnóstico, Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia, Spain.


Congenital absence of a cervical pedicle is usually an incidental finding in radiological studies made after trauma in patients with cervical pain. We report the case of a patient with congenital absence of the right pedicle in a cervical vertebra. Recognition of this anomaly is important to avoid confusion with more clinically significant anomalies, such as unilateral facet dislocation, that may result in inappropriate surgical intervention.

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