2020, Number 2
Rev Méd Electrón 2020; 42 (2)
Sierra BEM, Guerra SR, Socorro IY, León PMQ
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ABSTRACTAtlas fractures represent the second most common type of upper cervical spine injury. This work aims to describe the occipito-cervical fixation as a treatment for the unstable Jefferson-type atlas fracture. A patient suffering from spinal cord trauma is presented, after applying a thorough physical examination and the computed tomography of the cervical spine, a Jefferson type fracture of atlas with more than 7 mm of separation of its fragments is detected. As this is an unstable fracture of the upper cervical region, it was decided to perform an occipito-cervical fixation as a treatment method for this lesion. The postoperative evolution of the patient was uneventful.