Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 21, Issue 7, pp 504–507 | Cite as

Traumatic atlanto-occipital disruption in children

  • C. K. Maves
  • A. Souza
  • E. C. Prenger
  • D. R. Kirks


Ten cases of traumatic atlanto-occipital disruption in pediatric patients are reported. All injuries resulted from motor vehicle accidents, the majority of which were pedestrian/automobile. Three patients survived their injury for a period greater than one year. The importance of recognizing atlanto-occipital disruption is stressed because of its relative frequency in severely traumatized pediatric patients, particularly pedestrian/vehicle incidents, and because of the potential for survival. Diagnosis, in most instances, is based on the lateral cervical spine radiograph. The most applicable diagnostic features in children, as demonstrated on the lateral cervical spine radiograph, are reviewed.


Public Health Pediatric Patient Cervical Spine Relative Frequency Motor Vehicle 
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© Springer-Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. K. Maves
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Souza
    • 1
    • 3
    • 2
  • E. C. Prenger
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. R. Kirks
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyChildren's Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Radiology and PediatricsUniversity of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.Instituto de RadiodiagnosticoSao Jose do Rio PretoBrazil

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