Ligaments of the craniocervical junction: A review

R. Shane Tubbs, Justin D. Hallock, Virginia Radcliff, Robert P. Naftel, Martin Mortazavi, Mohammadali M. Shoja, Marios Loukas, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol

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Abstract

The specialized ligaments of the craniocervical junction must allow for stability yet functional movement. Because injury to these important structures usually results in death or morbidity, the neurosurgeon should possess a thorough understanding of the anatomy and function of these ligaments. To the authors' knowledge, a comprehensive review of these structures is not available in the medical literature. The aim of the current study was to distill the available literature on each of these structures into one offering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-709
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

Keywords

  • Anatomy
  • Craniocervical junction
  • Craniovertebral junction
  • Ligaments
  • Neurosurgery
  • Skull base

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Neurology

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