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Learning Curve in Surgical Treatment of Odontoid Fixation for a Series of Type II C2 Fractures

  • Rosario Maugeri
  • Domenico Gerardo Iacopino
  • Giuseppe Roberto Giammalva
  • Francesca Graziano
  • Carlo Gulì
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Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplement book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 125)

Abstract

The craniovertebral junction (CVJ) is a complex anatomical area upon which most of the motion of the upper cervical spine depends [1]. Because of its unique range of motion, the CVJ is subject to several types of traumatic injury; it has been shown that odontoid fractures are the most common ones in the general population and are the most common isolated spinal fractures [2]. Accounting for up to 18% of all cervical fractures, odontoid fractures are the most common ones in elderly patients [3], in whom they account for up to 60% of spinal cord injuries [4].

Keywords

Type II odontoid fracture C1–C2 instability Odontoid screw C1–C2 articular screw Learning curve 

Notes

Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

No financial support was received for this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosario Maugeri
    • 1
  • Domenico Gerardo Iacopino
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Roberto Giammalva
  • Francesca Graziano
  • Carlo Gulì
  1. 1.Neurosurgical Clinic, AOUP “Paolo Giaccone”, PostGraduate Residency Program in Neurologic Surgery, Department of Experimental Biomedicine and Clinical Neurosciences, School of MedicineUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly

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