Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 361–366 | Cite as

Posterior atlantoaxial dislocation without odontoid fracture

  • Reema Chaudhary
  • Kshitij Chaudhary
  • Umesh Metkar
  • Ashok Rathod
  • Abhijit Raut
  • Darshana Sanghvi
Case Report


We report a case of posterior atlantoaxial dislocation without a fracture of the odontoid in a 35-year-old woman. There have been nine reported cases of similar injury in the English literature. The integrity of the transverse ligament following posterior atlantoaxial dislocations has not been well documented in these reports. In the present case, MRI revealed an intact transverse ligament, which probably contributed to the stability of the C1–C2 complex following closed reduction.


Atlantoaxial dislocation Posterior Transverse ligament MRI CT Trauma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reema Chaudhary
    • 1
  • Kshitij Chaudhary
    • 2
  • Umesh Metkar
    • 2
  • Ashok Rathod
    • 2
  • Abhijit Raut
    • 1
  • Darshana Sanghvi
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyKing Edward VII Memorial HospitalParel, MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of OrthopaedicsKing Edward VII Memorial HospitalParel, MumbaiIndia
  3. 3.c/o Nilendu C. Purandare, DMRD, DNBDadar, MumbaiIndia

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