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Traumatic atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation in an adolescent: a case report


Meza Escobar, Luis Enrique; Osterhoff, Georg; Ossendorf, Christian; Wanner, Guido A; Simmen, Hans-Peter; Werner, Clément M L (2012). Traumatic atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation in an adolescent: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 6:27.

Abstract

Atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation is rarely caused by trauma in adults. Usually, the treatment of choice is traction using Halo/Gardner-Wells fixation devices for up to six weeks. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 19-year-old Caucasian woman with traumatic atlantoaxial subluxation. Early reduction three hours after trauma and immobilization using only a soft collar were performed and yielded very good clinical results. CONCLUSION: In the adult population, atlantoaxial subluxation is a rare condition but is severe if untreated. Early treatment implies a non-surgical approach and a good outcome. Conservative treatment is the recommended first step for this condition.

Abstract

Atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation is rarely caused by trauma in adults. Usually, the treatment of choice is traction using Halo/Gardner-Wells fixation devices for up to six weeks. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 19-year-old Caucasian woman with traumatic atlantoaxial subluxation. Early reduction three hours after trauma and immobilization using only a soft collar were performed and yielded very good clinical results. CONCLUSION: In the adult population, atlantoaxial subluxation is a rare condition but is severe if untreated. Early treatment implies a non-surgical approach and a good outcome. Conservative treatment is the recommended first step for this condition.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Department of Trauma Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:23 January 2012
Deposited On:27 Apr 2012 06:29
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 13:14
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1752-1947
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-6-27
PubMed ID:22269577

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