Rigid cervical collar treatment for geriatric type II odontoid fractures

  title={Rigid cervical collar treatment for geriatric type II odontoid fractures},
  author={Robert William Molinari and Oner A. Khera and William L. Gruhn and Ryan W. McAssey},
  journal={European Spine Journal},
To evaluate fracture healing, functional outcomes, complications, and mortality associated with rigid cervical collars. Thirty-four patients with <50% odontoid displacement were treated with a rigid cervical collar for 12 weeks (Average age = 84 years). Outcome scores were compared with a group of 40 age-matched control subjects (Average age 79.3). At average 14.9-month follow-up, only 6% demonstrated radiographic evidence of fracture healing and 70% had mobile odontoid nonunion. NDI scores… CONTINUE READING

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