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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1991;20(9): 740-747.
Posterior Stabilization with Interlaminar Clamps in Unstable Cervical Spine Injures.
Chin Kyu Song, Eui Joong Yang, Suck Jung Jang
Departments of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea.
Conventional methods for stabilization of unstable cervical spines caused by flexion injury are sublaminar wiring and palte and screw fixation. These methods, however, carry the risk of damage to the cervical cord and or vertebral artery. We have used interlaminar clamps for the stabilization of sixteen cases of unstable cervical spine, including for cases of odontoid process fracture. There was suecessful fusion in all cases, no slippage of clamp and no deterioration of neurological function. Advantages of this method include the fact the there is no need for bone graft and that it is technically easy and inexpensive. Good stabilization allows early ambulation and so prevents complications such as pneumonia and decubitus ulcer.
Key Words: Unstable cervical spine; Interlaminar clamps; Odontoid process fractrue
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