An algorithm for the management of posttraumatic cervical spondyloptosis

Nader S. Dahdaleh*, Brian J. Dlouhy, Jeremy D.W. Greenlee, Wendy R.K. Smoker, Patrick W. Hitchon

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Posttraumatic cervical spondyloptosis is the most severe form of fracture dislocation. Since its occurrence is uncommon, there is no consensus on its surgical management. Detailed description of five patients who were successfully managed through one approach (posterior or anterior) is presented, a review of the current literature is reported, and biomechanics is provided. An algorithm for the treatment of cervical spondyloptosis is then proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-957
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Algorithm
  • Cervical fracture dislocation
  • Cervical spondyloptosis
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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