Osteomyelitis of the odontoid process

T. J. Limbird, G. W. Brick, H. J. Boulas, R. W. Bucholz

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Abstract

Pyogenic osteomyelitis of the odontoid process is a rare condition requiring a high index of suspicion for diagnosis. The three cases presented illustrate that patients with severe neck pain, aggravated by rotation, and persistent fever without apparent source should be studied carefully to exclude infection of the C1-C2 area. The unusual anatomy of the C1-C2 articulation may make routine diagnostic studies difficult to interpret. Computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and 111In-labeled white blood cell scans may improve diagnostic accuracy. Treatment includes rigid immobilization, high dose antibiotics, and surgical stabilization in selected cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-74
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders
Volume1
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988

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Odontoid Process
Neck Pain
Osteomyelitis
Immobilization
Anatomy
Leukocytes
Fever
Tomography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Infection
Therapeutics

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Limbird, T. J., Brick, G. W., Boulas, H. J., & Bucholz, R. W. (1988). Osteomyelitis of the odontoid process. Journal of Spinal Disorders, 1(1), 66-74.

Osteomyelitis of the odontoid process. / Limbird, T. J.; Brick, G. W.; Boulas, H. J.; Bucholz, R. W.

In: Journal of Spinal Disorders, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, p. 66-74.

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Limbird, TJ, Brick, GW, Boulas, HJ & Bucholz, RW 1988, 'Osteomyelitis of the odontoid process', Journal of Spinal Disorders, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 66-74.
Limbird TJ, Brick GW, Boulas HJ, Bucholz RW. Osteomyelitis of the odontoid process. Journal of Spinal Disorders. 1988;1(1):66-74.
Limbird, T. J. ; Brick, G. W. ; Boulas, H. J. ; Bucholz, R. W. / Osteomyelitis of the odontoid process. In: Journal of Spinal Disorders. 1988 ; Vol. 1, No. 1. pp. 66-74.
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