A rational approach to burst fractures of the atlas.

@article{Schlicke1981ARA,
  title={A rational approach to burst fractures of the atlas.},
  author={L H Schlicke and R A Callahan},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  year={1981},
  volume={154},
  pages={18-21}
}
The stability of a burst fracture of the atlas (Jefferson's fracture) should be determined in order to decide upon the appropriate treatment. Unstable fractures include those with a rupture of the transverse ligament, or those in which union has been incomplete despite treatment. An occiput-to-C2 or in atlantoaxial arthrodesis may be indicated.