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Congenital Absence of the Odontoid Process: CASE REPORT.

GIANNESTRAS, NICHOLAS J.; MAYFIELD, FRANK H.; PROVENCIO, FLORENCIO P.; MAURER, JAMES
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume: June 1964
Case Report

A case of congenital absence of the odontoid process with posterior dislocation of the first on the second cervical vertebra is reported in which a boy, eight years old, became quadriparetic while immobilized in a double hip spica. Prolonged hyperextension of the neck while lying prone and watching television appeared to be responsible for the onset of neurological symptoms. Reduction and spine fusion gave a satisfactory result.

Copyright 1964 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated

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