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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 470-472

Atlantoaxial arthrodesis using C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation in a case of Morquio syndrome

Department of Orthopedics, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Bombay Hospital, Mumbai, India

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Arvind G Kulkarni
Consultant Spine and Disc Replacement Surgeon, Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Center, Room No. 206, 2nd Floor MRC 12, New Marine Lines, Mumbai - 400 020
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.83766

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Prophylactic or therapeutic arthrodesis is recommended for atlantoaxial instability in Morquio syndrome. Occipitocervical fusion, the common approach for upper cervical fusion in Morquio syndrome sacrifices the movements at the occipitoatlantal joints. The use of C1-C2 transarticular screws for achieving C1-C2 arthrodesis, without compromising mobility at the occipitoatlantal joint in Morquio syndrome has not been reported. We report a case of Morquio syndrome with atlantoaxial instability and odontoid hypoplasia, where we successfully achieved C1-C2 arthrodesis using transarticular screws and bone graft. The advantages of this method over other methods of atlantoaxial arthrodesis in Morquio syndrome have also been discussed.

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