Nuchal cord changes in children with Os odontoideum: Evidence for associated trauma

Lawrence R. Kuhns, Randall T. Loder, Frances A. Farley, Robert N. Hensinger

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We describe nuchal cord changes in four children with os odontoideum who had cervical spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before surgery. In these four children, nuchal cord changes consistent with previous trauma were seen. The presence of the nuchal cord changes supports the concept of trauma as an etiologic factor in these four cases. This study supports trauma as an associated factor in patients with os odontoideum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-819
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998



  • Flexion injury
  • Ligamentum nuchae
  • Nuchal cord
  • Odontoid process
  • Os odontoideum
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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