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Complications of Halo Placement

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New Trends in Craniovertebral Junction Surgery

Part of the book series: Acta Neurochirurgica Supplement ((NEUROCHIRURGICA,volume 125))


Background: The halo vest is widely used throughout the world to manage craniovertebral and cervical instabilities. It can be used for postoperative immobilization or as an alternative to surgical fixation.

Method: In this paper we present some cases of severe complications from our own practice and review the literature on halo complications.

Results: Like any therapeutic manoeuvre, halo placement may be followed by various complications. In the meantime, modern techniques of fixation offer safe and immediate stabilization.

Conclusion: The halo vest remains a formidable method for cervical immobilization. However, it should not be used a priori instead of surgery.

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Talamonti, G., Debernardi, A., Visocchi, M., Villa, F., D’Aliberti, G. (2019). Complications of Halo Placement. In: Visocchi, M. (eds) New Trends in Craniovertebral Junction Surgery. Acta Neurochirurgica Supplement, vol 125. Springer, Cham.

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