Does the Third Cervical Vertebra Need to be Rimmed for Odontoid Screwing? A Hypothetical Study of Anatomic Landmarks

Cemil B., Kurt G., Erdogan B., Dogulu F., Tun K., Kirar F., ...More

JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY PART A-CENTRAL EUROPEAN NEUROSURGERY, vol.73, no.3, pp.142-146, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Background The superoanterior portion of the third cervical vertebra may need to be rimmed during anterior odontoid screw fixation procedures. We, therefore, retrospectively evaluated radiological data to analyze the anatomical relation between the second and third cervical vertebra of the patients who were operated by an anterior cervical approach with respect to the question if odontoid screw fixation would have been possible without rimming or not.