Letter to the Editor: Occipitocervical fusion

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To The Editor: We read with great interest the article by Dr. Klimo and coworkers on the technique of contoured rod and wire fixation for occipitocervical fusion in children (Klimo P Jr, Astur N, Gabrick K, et al: Occipitocervical fusion using a contoured rod and wire construct in children: a reappraisal of a vintage technique. Clinical article. J Neurosurg Pediatr 11:160–169, February 2013).8 The article elegantly demonstrates the utility of this technique in children, and highlights some of the major contributions to our understanding of the biomechanics of occipitocervical fusion,

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Please include this information when citing this paper: published online September 20, 2013; DOI: 10.3171/2013.6.PEDS13271.

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