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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231580/pediatric-hangman-s-fracture-a-comprehensive-review
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Michael Montalbano, Christian Fisahn, Marios Loukas, Rod J Oskouian, Jens R Chapman, R Shane Tubbs
PURPOSE: Over 170 years ago, traumatic spondylolisthesis of the axis or hangman's fracture was described. Most descriptions of this entity have focused on adult presentations. METHODS: We review the literature on pediatric cases of hangman's fracture emphasizing the embryological as well as presentation aspects. RESULTS: The majority of cervical spine fractures in children occur at C1 and C2 vertebrae. A normal anterolisthesis of C2 can be seen in younger children and can mimic the anterolisthesis seen after traumatic spondylolisthesis...
February 24, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229224/factors-affecting-survival-of-patients-in-the-acute-phase-of-upper-cervical-spine-injuries
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Tomonori Morita, Tsuneo Takebayashi, Hideto Irifune, Hirofumi Ohnishi, Suguru Hirayama, Toshihiko Yamashita
INTRODUCTION: In recent years, on the one hand, the mortality rates of upper cervical spine injuries, such as odontoid fractures, were suggested to be not so high, but on the other hand reported to be significantly high. Furthermore, it has not been well documented the relationship between survival rates and various clinical features in those patients during the acute phase of injury because of few reports. This study aimed to evaluate survival rates and acute-phase clinical features of upper cervical spine injuries...
February 22, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217386/true-oblique-axis-fracture-associated-with-congenital-anomalies-of-the-upper-cervical-spine-case-report-of-an-unusual-fracture-pattern
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Luis A Robles
BACKGROUND: Acute traumatic axis fractures are common cervical spine injuries often caused by road accidents or falls. They are usually classified into three different types, namely, odontoid fractures, Hangman's fractures, and miscellaneous fractures. Congenital malformations of the craniovertebral junction (CVJ), although typically asymptomatic, may result in neural compression or instability, especially following trauma. Here, the authors present an unusual oblique axis fracture occurring in conjunction with several malformations of the upper cervical spine...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213193/anterior-surgical-fixation-for-cervical-spine-flexion-distraction-injuries
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Andrew Jack, Godefroy Hardy-St-Pierre, Mitchell Wilson, Godwin Choy, Richard Fox, Andrew Nataraj
BACKGROUND: Optimal surgical management for flexion-distraction cervical spine injuries remains controversial with current guidelines recommending anterior, posterior, and circumferential approaches. Here, we determined the incidence of and examined risk factors for clinical and radiographic failure in patients with one segment cervical distraction injuries having undergone anterior surgical fixation. METHODS: A retrospective review of 57 consecutive patients undergoing anterior fixation for subaxial flexion-distraction cervical injuries between 2008-2012 at our institution was performed...
February 14, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196468/posterior-pedicle-screw-fixation-to-treat-lower-cervical-fractures-associated-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-retrospective-study-of-35-cases
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Liang Yan, Zhenguo Luo, Baorong He, Jijun Liu, Dingjun Hao
BACKGROUND: The most common site of fractures in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is the cervical spine, especially the lower cervical spine and cervicothoracic junction. The optimal treatment for cervical spine fractures secondary to AS is controversial. This study aimed to explore the effects of posterior pedicle screw fixation alone on fractures of the lower cervical spine in patients with AS. METHODS: From January 2006 to January 2013, a total of 35 patients with AS and a lower cervical spine fracture were treated using only posterior cervical/thoracic pedicle screw fixation...
February 14, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146029/kinematics-of-the-cervical-spine-following-unilateral-facet-fracture-an-in-vitro-cadaver-study
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Paolo Caravaggi, Linda Chen, Linda Uko, Andres Zorrilla, Spencer Hauser, Michael J Vives
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical study utilizing human cadaveric cervical spines. OBJECTIVE: To quantitatively assess the effects on intervertebral motion of isolated unilateral cervical facet fracture, and after disruption of the intervertebral disc at the same level. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Clinical evidence has indirectly suggested that cervical facet fractures involving 40% of the height of the lateral mass can cause instability of the involved segment...
January 31, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144584/teriparatide-anabolic-therapy-as-potential-treatment-of-type-ii-dens-non-union-fractures
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Enrico Pola, Virginia Pambianco, Debora Colangelo, Virginia M Formica, Giovanni Autore, Luigi A Nasto
Odontoid fractures account for 5% to 15% of all cervical spine injuries and 1% to 2% of all spine fractures. Type II fractures are the most common fracture pattern in elderly patients. Treatment (rigid and non-rigid immobilization, anterior screw fixation of the odontoid and posterior C1-C2 fusion) remains controversial and represents a unique challenge for the treating surgeon. The aims of treatment in the elderly is to quickly restore pre-injury function while decreasing morbidity and mortality associated with inactivity, immobilization with rigid collar and prolonged hospitalization...
January 18, 2017: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133616/single-session-combined-anterior-posterior-approach-for-treatment-of-ankylosing-spondylitis-with-obvious-displaced-lower-cervical-spine-fractures-and-dislocations
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Baohui Yang, Teng Lu, Haopeng Li
For patients with AS and lower cervical spine fractures, surgical methods have mainly included the single anterior approach, single posterior approach, and combined anterior-posterior approach. However, various surgical procedures were utilized because the fractures have not been clearly classified according to presence of displacement in these previous studies. Consequently, controversies have been raised regarding the selection of the surgical procedure. This study retrospective analysis was conducted in 12 patients with AS and lower cervical spine fractures and dislocations and explored single-session combined anterior-posterior approach for the treatment of AS with obvious displaced lower cervical spine fractures and dislocations which has demonstrated advantages such as good stabilization, satisfied fracture healing, and easy postoperative cares...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125522/post-traumatic-spinal-hygroma-causing-cord-compression-in-type-iii-odontoid-fracture-with-vertical-atlanto-axial-instability
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Salvatore Russo, Antonio Belli, Andy Eynon, Ali Nader-Sepahi
STUDY DESIGN: Case-Report OBJECTIVE.: To report the first case in the literature of a traumatic cervical spine subdural cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection (hygroma) under tension causing cord compression. We suggest etio-pathogenesis and modality of treatment. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Hygromas are subdural cranial CSF collection. A literature review showed no previous published case of post-traumatic spinal hygroma. This was a potential life threatening sequelae of a high cervical injury that warranted early diagnosis and emergency treatment...
January 25, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124724/number-of-positive-radiographic-findings-in-pediatric-trauma-patients
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Thomas Ruffing, Tim Danko, Thomas Henzler, Christel Weiss, Alexander Hofmann, Markus Muhm
PURPOSE: Conventional radiography is frequently performed in pediatric patients in whom fractures and dislocations are suspected. However, until now, the rate of positive findings of the most commonly performed radiographic examinations in pediatric patients is unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the number of positive findings in the 20 most frequently requested standard radiographic examinations in pediatric patients in a level 1 trauma center systematically. METHODS: A transversal cohort study was conducted at a level 1 trauma center in Germany (2008-2014)...
January 26, 2017: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111622/cruciate-paralysis-in-a-20-year-old-male-with-an-undisplaced-type-iii-odontoid-fracture
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Mansukhani Sameer A, Tuteja Sanesh V, Dhar Sanjay B
INTRODUCTION: Cruciate Paralysis is a rare incomplete spinal cord syndrome presenting as brachial diplegia with minimal or no involvement of the lower extremities. It occurs as a result of trauma to the cervical spine and is associated with fractures of the axis and/or atlas. Diagnosis is confirmed on MRI and is managed by treatment of the underlying pathology. Prognosis depends on the extent of spinal cord injury and the exact cause. CASE PRESENTATION: A 20-year-old male presented to the casualty with a history of an injury to the back of the head as a result of a fall...
April 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076601/retrospective-analysis-of-a-case-series-of-patients-with-traumatic-injuries-to-the-craniocervical-junction
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Luiz Adriano Esteves, Andrei Fernandes Joaquim, Helder Tedeschi
Objective: To evaluate the correlation between the treatment, the characteristics of the lesions and the clinical outcome of patients with traumatic injuries to the craniocervical junction. Methods: This was a retrospective study of patients treated conservatively or surgically between 2010 and 2013 with complete data sets. Results: We analyzed 37 patients, 73% were men with mean age of 41.7 years. Of these, 32% were submitted to initial surgical treatment and 68% received conservative treatment...
October 2016: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073868/delayed-diagnosis-of-fractured-anterior-arch-of-the-atlas-in-a-young-child
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Sergio B Sesia, Friederike Prüfer, Michael Walther, Daniel Studer
A 2-year-old girl fell off a bunk bed onto a parquet floor. She immediately reported neck pain and presented with muscle spasm and limited motion of the cervical spine (C-spine). Plain X-rays of the C-spine showed no osseous lesion. Owing to persisting pain and limited motion in the neck, MRI of the C-spine was obtained which revealed intact ligaments and cervical spinal cord, as well as soft tissue swelling in front of the anterior arch of the atlas. Subsequent CT of the C-spine confirmed a complete, undisplaced fracture of the anterior arch of the atlas (Gehweiler type I fracture)...
January 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072744/posterior-arthrodesis-of-c1-c3-for-the-stabilization-of-multiple-unstable-upper-cervical-fractures-with-spinal-cord-compromise-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Deting Xue, Qixin Chen, Gang Chen, Wenhai Zhuo, Fangcai Li
BACKGROUND: Multiple fractures of the atlas and axis are rare. The management of multiple fragment axis fractures and unstable atlas fractures is still challenging for the spinal surgeon. There are no published reports of similar fractures with 3-part fracture of axis associated with an unstable atlas fracture. CASE SUMMARY: We present a patient with concurrent axis and atlas fractures, which have not been reported. The patient suffered hyperextension injury with neck pain and numbness of the bilateral upper extremity associated with weakness after a 2-m fall...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061357/characteristics-of-alcohol-related-facial-fractures
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Kai H Lee, Michael Qiu
PURPOSE: Excessive indulgence in alcohol is a key causative factor in facial fractures especially in settings of interpersonal violence (IPV) and motor vehicle accidents. This study aims to explore characteristics of alcohol-involved facial fractures in the state of Victoria, Australia, over a 10-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study analyzed data from the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset between 2004 and 2014; the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset is a standardized database reported by all Victorian hospitals for every admission...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054384/computational-anatomy-of-the-dens-axis-evaluated-by-quantitative-computed-tomography-implications-for-anterior-screw-fixation
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Dominic Gehweiler, Dirk Wähnert, Norbert Meier, Maarten Spruit, Michael Johannes Raschke, Robert Geoff Richards, Hansrudi Noser, Lukas Kamer
The surgical fracture fixation of the odontoid process (dens) of the second cervical vertebra (C2/axis) is a challenging procedure, particularly in elderly patients affected by bone loss, and includes screw positioning close to vital structures. The aim of this study was to provide an extended anatomical knowledge of C2, the bone mass distribution and bone loss, and to understand the implications for anterior screw fixation. 120 standard clinical quantitative computed tomography (QCT) scans of the intact cervical spine from 60 female and 60 male European patients, aged 18-90 years, were used to compute a three-dimensional statistical model and an averaged bone mass model of C2...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042725/stepwise-illustration-of-teeth-fixation-semi-constrained-cervical-disc-arthroplasty
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Chih-Chang Chang, Jau-Ching Wu, Peng-Yuan Chang, Mei-Yin Yeh, Yi-Hsuan Kuo, Li-Yu Fay, Tsung-Hsi Tu, Wen-Cheng Huang, Henrich Cheng
There are many kinds of artificial discs available for cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA), with various designs of fixation and articulation mechanisms. Each of these designs has different features and theoretically fits most optimally in selected types of patients. However, there has been insufficient literature to guide individualized selection among these CDA devices. Since CDA aims to restore the joint function rather than arthrodesis, tailor-made size, shape, and mechanical properties should be taken into account for each candidate's target disc...
January 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032034/windsurfing-vs-kitesurfing-injuries-at-the-north-sea-over-a-2-year-period
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Christiaan J A van Bergen, Joris P Commandeur, Rik I K Weber, Daniel Haverkamp, Roelf S Breederveld
AIM: To analyze all windsurfing and kitesurfing (kiteboarding) injuries presented at our coastal hospital over a 2-year period. METHODS: Twenty-five windsurfers (21 male; aged 31 ± 8 years) and 32 kitesurfers (23 male; aged 29 ± 11 years) presented at our hospital during the 2-year study period. Various injury data were recorded, including transport to hospital and treatment. After a median follow-up of 16 mo (range, 7-33 mo), 18 windsurfers (72%) and 26 kitesurfers (81%) completed questionnaires on the trauma mechanisms, the use of protective gear, time spent on windsurfing or kitesurfing, time to return to sports, additional injuries, and chronic disability...
December 18, 2016: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028444/commentary-on-the-management-of-type-ii-odontoid-process-fractures-in-octogenarians-article-by-graffeo-et-al-and-editorial-by-falavigna-j-neurosurgery-spine-august-19-2016
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Nancy E Epstein
BACKGROUND: Establishing a clear treatment paradigm for octogenarians with type II odontoid fractures in hampered by a literature replete with level III articles. METHODS: In the study by Graffeo et al., the authors evaluated 111 patients over the age of 79 (average age: 87) with type II odontoid fractures undergoing nonoperative (94 patients) vs. operative intervention (17 total; 15 posterior and 2 anterior). They studied multiple variables and utilized several scales [abbreviated injury scale (AIS), injury severity score (ISS), and the Glasgow coma scale (GCS)] to determine the outcomes of nonoperative vs...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018758/cervical-fracture-subluxation-in-a-patient-with-a-prior-c2-sacrum-fusion-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Yi-Ren Chen, Alvin Y Chan, Kevin K Kumar, Anand Veeravagu
Traumatic injury to an adjacent segment of a previously fused spine is a rare complication of scoliosis surgery. The adjacent spinal segments may be more vulnerable to traumatic fracture or dislocation due to increased strain. We present a patient with prior C2 to sacrum fusion who suffered a C2 fracture/dislocation after falling. A 52-year-old female with a previous C2 to the sacrum fusion for idiopathic scoliosis presented with severe and progressively worsening neck pain after multiple falls. Imaging showed anterior displacement of the C2 vertebral body, fracture of C2, and anterior subluxation of the C1-2 complex on C3...
November 22, 2016: Curēus
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