Odontoid fracture in severe ankylosing spondylitic patient

Panayiotis T. Hadjicostas, Afroditi K. Tsirogianni, Panayotis N. Soucacos, Friedrich W. Thielemann

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Patients with AS, who present in the emergency room with severe pain in the cervical region after a fall present a challenge for the Orthopaedic surgeon. A careful neurologic examination and computed tomography should be done, with a high index of suspicion of a fracture at any level of the cervical spine. External immobilization with a plaster of paris may be reasonable approach in patients with severe AS, as such patients pose high surgical risk. Conflict of interest: None.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-234
Number of pages4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

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    Hadjicostas, P. T., Tsirogianni, A. K., Soucacos, P. N., & Thielemann, F. W. (2010). Odontoid fracture in severe ankylosing spondylitic patient. Injury, 41(2), 231-234. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.injury.2009.01.113