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C1–2 transarticular screws combined with C1 laminar hooks fixation

C1–2 transarticular screws combined with C1 laminar hooks fixation

Eur Spine J (2013) 22:260–267

Purpose To retrospectively evaluate the outcome of C1–2 transarticular screws combined with C1 laminar hooks fixation.

Methods All patients underwent atlantoaxial fixation during a 5-year period. The surgical technique and treatment procedures were intensively reviewed and clinical symptoms, neurological function and imaging appearance were retrospectively evaluated.

Results The clinical and radiology follow-up indicated a stable arthrodesis and clinical relief from symptoms for all patients. All patients with neurological defects improved an average of 1.33 grade at their most recent clinical assessment, P≤0.05; their average admission ASIA motor score, pin prick score and light touch score improved to an average follow-up ASIA score of 99.80 (99.83 ± 0.38), 111.83 (111.83 ± 0.45), and 111.89 (111.89 ± 0.32), respectively. No neurovascular impairment and case of implant failure were observed.

Conclusions The C1–2 transarticular screws combined with C1 laminar hooks fixation is a reliable technique for atlantoaxial instability.

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