Atlantoaxial rotatory fixation in a child after bilateral otoplastic surgery
Atlantoaxial rotatory fixation (AARF), which is a dislocation or subluxation of the atlantoaxial joint, is a well-recognized condition in children. We present a case of AARF after otoplastic surgery for bilateral cryptotia performed by plastic surgeons. The pediatric patient presented with neck pain and torticollis after the surgery, and an orthopedic surgeon diagnosed AARF. The patient was treated successfully with conservative treatment incorporating mild manual manipulation, neck traction, and a collar for 1.5 months. Physicians should consider the possibility of AARF when a patient presents with neck pain and torticollis after otoplastic surgery; diagnosis and treatment should be started immediately.
KeywordsAtlantoaxial rotatory fixation Child Otoplasty Conservative treatment