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Lateral Mass Fixation in the Subaxial Cervical Spine

Kurd, Mark F. MD; Millhouse, Paul W. MD; Schroeder, Gregory D. MD; Kepler, Christopher K. MD, MBA; Vaccaro, Alexander R. MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000302

The use of lateral mass screws and rods in the subaxial spine has become the standard method of fixation for posterior cervical spine fusions. Multiple techniques have been described for the placement of lateral mass screws, including the Magerl, the Anderson, and the An techniques. While these techniques are all slightly different, the overall goal is to obtain solid bony fixation while avoiding the neurovascular structures. The use of lateral mass screws has been shown to be a safe and effective technique for achieving a posterior cervical fusion.

The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

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Reprints: Gregory D. Schroeder, MD, The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 925 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (e-mail:

Received May 18, 2015

Accepted May 26, 2015

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