Management of isolated fractures of the Atlas in Adults

Timothy C. Ryken, Bizhan Aarabi, Sanjay S. Dhall, Daniel E. Gelb, R. John Hurlbert, Curtis J. Rozzelle, Nicholas Theodore, Beverly C. Walters, Mark N. Hadley

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No Class I or Class II medical evidence addressing the management of patients with isolated atlas fractures was identified. Class III medical evidence on this topic from case series and case reports supports several treatment strategies for patients with acute isolated fractures of the atlas. One study addressing quality-of-life issues has been published.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
Issue numberSUPPL.2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Atlas fractures
  • Jefferson fracture
  • Rule of spence
  • Transverse atlantal ligament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Ryken, T. C., Aarabi, B., Dhall, S. S., Gelb, D. E., Hurlbert, R. J., Rozzelle, C. J., ... Hadley, M. N. (2013). Management of isolated fractures of the Atlas in Adults. Neurosurgery, 72(SUPPL.2), 127-131.