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Odontoid Screw Fixation

  • Meic H. Schmidt
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Abstract

Anterior odontoid screw fixation is ideal for fixation of unstable odontoid fractures and is superior to posterior C1–2 arthrodesis as it preserves C1–2 rotational movement and obviates the need for autograft bone harvest. This method has become increasingly popular since the time it was introduced by Bohler (J Bone Joint Surg Am 64:18–27, 1982), and it is now widely used to treat unstable type II and shallow type III odontoid fractures. The goals of odontoid screw fixation are immediate stabilization of type II odontoid fractures or shallow type III odontoid fractures with no need for external orthosis.

Keywords

Cervical Spine Screw Placement Odontoid Process Odontoid Fracture Drill Guide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Spine SurgeryClinical Neurosciences Center, University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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