Placement of unilateral lag screw through the lateral mass of C-1: description of a novel technique

Technical note

Monir Tabbosha M.D., Justin Dowdy M.D. and T. Glenn Pait M.D.
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  • Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
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Over the past several decades, many advancements and new techniques have emerged regarding the instrumentation and stabilization of the upper cervical spine. In this article, the authors describe a novel technique in which a unilateral lag screw was placed to reduce and stabilize a progressively widening fracture and nonunion of the right C-1 lateral mass approximately 8 weeks after the initial injury, which was sustained when a large tree branch fell onto the patient's posterior head and neck.

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Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to: Justin Dowdy, M.D., Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham Street, Slot #507, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. email: jtdowdy@uams.edu.

Please include this information when citing this paper: published online May 10, 2013; DOI: 10.3171/2013.4.SPINE12826.

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