Anterior Odontoid Screws: Tips and Tricks

  • Daniel Kerekes
  • A. Karim Ahmed
  • Camilo Molina
  • C. Rory Goodwin
  • Daniel M. Sciubba


The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the anatomy and epidemiology of odontoid fractures, to review indications and contraindications for anterior screw fixation, and to describe common procedural pitfalls of this surgery.


Anterior screw fixation Type I Type II Type III 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Kerekes
    • 1
  • A. Karim Ahmed
    • 1
  • Camilo Molina
    • 1
  • C. Rory Goodwin
    • 2
  • Daniel M. Sciubba
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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