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J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2010 Nov;48(5):452-4. doi: 10.3340/jkns.2010.48.5.452. Epub 2010 Nov 30.

Traumatic atlantoaxial rotatory fixation with accompanying odontoid and c2 articular facet fracture.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Yeouido St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Traumatic atlantoaxial rotatory fixation (AARF) with accompanying odontoid and C2 articular facet fracture is a very rare injury, and only one such case has been reported in the medical literature. We present here a case of a traumatic AARF associated with an odontoid and comminuted C2 articular facet fracture, and this was treated with skull traction and halo-vest immobilization for 3 months. After removal of the halo-vest immobilization, his neck pain was improved and his neck motion was preserved without any neurologic deficits although mild torticolis was still observed in closer inspection.

KEYWORDS:

Atlantoaxial rotatory fixation; Odontoid fracture

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