Tears of the Transverse Ligament of the Atlas: A CLINICAL AND BIOMECHANICAL STUDY

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In a biomechanical-clinical study of the strength of the atlanto-axial ligament, results from laboratory testing of twenty autopsy specimens were correlated with the results in a clinical series of eleven patients with traumatic transverse ligament rupture and anterior subluxation of the atlas on the axis. When possible, surgical fusion of the atlanto-axial joint is conservative treatment for anterior displacement of the first cervical vertebra on the second.

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