Halo-Thoracic Brace Management of Odontoid Fractures

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Abstract

Thirteen patients with fracture of the odontoid were treated with a halo-thoracic brace. Major trauma was responsible for the fracture in only 5. Neither the degree nor the direction of displacement prevented union, which occurred in all 13. All patients were treated for at least 60 days; 11 were treated longer. No complications occurred. The method is recommended based on the results.

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