Avulsion fracture of the foramen magnum treated with occiput-to-C1 fusion: Technical case report

Peter H. Maughan, Eric M. Horn, Nicholas Theodore, Iman Feiz-Erfan, Volker K.H. Sonntag

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OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: A 31-year-old woman presented with an avulsion fracture of the foramen magnum via bilateral occipital condyles with extension through the inferior aspect of the clivus. The patient had no neurological deficits and was initially immobilized in a halo brace. INTERVENTION: To preserve rotational motion at C1-C2, we performed an occiput-to-C1 fusion with bilateral C1 lateral mass screws attached with rods to occipital keel screws. Postoperatively, the patient remained neurologically intact. Three-month follow-up imaging revealed no abnormal motion. Follow-up computed tomographic scan showed an intact construct and bony fusion. CONCLUSION: This rare injury, a bony variant of occipitoatlantal dislocation, was successfully treated with a unique occiput-to-C1 fusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005



  • Occipital condyle fracture
  • Occipitoatlantal dislocation
  • Occipitocervical fusion
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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