Can break-dance break your neck? C1/C2 luxation with a combined dens fracture without neurological deficits in an 11-year old boy after a break-dance performance

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Athanasios K. Petridis *
Adrian Kinzel
Klaus Blaeser
Joost Thissen
Homajoun Maslehaty
Martin Scholz
(*) Corresponding Author:
Athanasios K. Petridis |


Atlantoaxial dislocation in children is a very rare condition. We present the case of a dislocation happened during a break-dance maneuver. The purpose of this report is describing dangers of break-dancing and discussing the treatment we chose. The patient was followed up until 12 months after surgery. Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography of the cervical spine were evaluated. Translaminar fixation of C1/C2 had been performed after manual reposition under X-ray illumination. After a 12-month follow-up, the patient shows a stable condition without neurological dysfunction. He is not allowed to perform any extreme sports.

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