Mini-open anterior approach for cervicothoracic junction fracture: Technical note

Junichi Ohya, David P. Bray, Stephen T. Magill, Todd D. Vogel, Sigurd Berven, Praveen V. Mummaneni*

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Elderly patients with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis are at high risk for falls, and 3-column unstable fractures present multiple challenges. Unstable fractures across the cervicothoracic junction are associated with significant morbidity and require fixation, which is commonly performed through a posterior open or percutaneous approach. The authors describe a novel, navigated, mini-open anterior approach using intraoperative cone-beam CT scanning to place lag screws followed by an anterior plate in a 97-year-old patient. This approach is less invasive and faster than an open posterior approach and can be considered as an option for management of cervicothoracic junction fractures in elderly patients with high perioperative risk profile who cannot tolerate being placed prone during surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE4
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cervicothoracic junction
  • Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis
  • Intraoperative cone-beam computed tomography
  • Mini-open
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Navigation-assisted surgery
  • Spinal fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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