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The Inferior Accessory Ossicle of the Anterior Arch of the Atlas Misdiagnosed as Anterior Arch Fracture - A Case Report -

  • Journal of Korean Society of Spine Surgery
  • Abbr : J Kor Spine Sur
  • 2012, 19(1), pp.16-19
  • Publisher : Korean Society Of Spine Surgery
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Orthopedic Surgery

Yung Park 1 Hyoung Bok Kim 2 전상우 3 이윤태 4 Oh, Hyun Chul 5 성승용 4 윤한국 5 유현주 2 Joong-Won Ha 4

1국민건강보험공단 일산병원 정형외과
2국민건강보험관리공단 일산병원
3국민건강보험관리공단 일산병원 정형외과
4국민건강보험 일산병원
5국민건강보험공단 일산병원

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ABSTRACT

Study Design: Case report. Objectives: We report a very rare case of the inferior accessory ossicle of the anterior arch of the atlas misdiagnosed as anterior arch fracture. Summary of Literature Review: It is necessary to know the existence of inferior accessory ossicle of the anterior arch of the atlas, even though it is extremely rare. Materials and Methods: A 29-year-old woman was referred to our emergency service unit with symptoms of neck pain and scalp laceration, after being involved in a car accident. She was diagnosed as the inferior accessory ossicle of the anterior arch of the atlas, by multiple diagnostic mordalities. Results: The symptom of neck pain was relieved spontaneously, and her symptom has been relieved at her latest visit, as a follow up within 3 months. Conclusions: It is important to be aware of cervical anatomical variants because we commonly confuse it with other pathologic conditions, such as a fracture and thus, misdiagnose the condition.

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