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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69-76

Odontoid fractures: Management

1 Head, Department of Neurosurgery, Star Institute of Neurosciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Consultant, Department of Neurosurgery, Yashoda Hospital, Secunderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
P Sai Sudarsan
Head, Department of Neurosurgery, Star Institute of Neurosciences, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-500034, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10039-1014

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Odontoid fractures account for approximately 20% of all cervical fractures, majority of them being type II. Treatment of odontoid fractures is determined by multiple factors, including fracture type, presence of associated injuries, patient's age and comorbidities. Majority of type I and III fractures do not warrant surgical correction. However, management of type II fractures still remains controversial. Of late internal fixation has become an accepted treatment. Multiple surgical options have been proposed. This article reviews various alternatives of treating odontoid fractures.

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