Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 209--211

Neglected hangman fracture


Sudhir Kumar Srivastava, Rishi Anil Aggarwal, Pradip Sharad Nemade, Sunil Krishna Bhoale 
 Department of Orthopaedics, Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rishi Anil Aggarwal
Department of Orthopaedics, Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India

Acute management of hangman fracture is well described; however the surgical management of neglected hangman fracture has not been described in literature. We report the surgical management of an untreated hangman«SQ»s fracture. A 30-year-old male had fallen from a tree 12 weeks back. Patient presented with cervical myelopathy and restricted neck movements. Radiographs and computed tomography (CT) scan revealed fracture of pars interarticularis of axis with Grade III C2-C3 spondylolisthesis with localized kyphosis of 33°. Gentle reduction under general anesthesia (GA) failed to improve the alignment. Patient was operated in three stages in a single setting. In Stage I, release of contracted anterior structures and C2-C3 discectomy was done in supine position followed by C2-C3 posterior fixation and fusion in Stage II. C2-C3 interbody bone grafting and anterior plating completed the third stage. C2-C3 interbody fusion was seen at 5 months and a CT scan at 18 months postoperative confirmed fusion and maintenance of alignment. The satisfactory outcome in our patient leads us to believe that anterior-posterior-anterior is the appropriate surgical approach for treatment of such patients.


How to cite this article:
Srivastava SK, Aggarwal RA, Nemade PS, Bhoale SK. Neglected hangman fracture.J Craniovert Jun Spine 2015;6:209-211


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Srivastava SK, Aggarwal RA, Nemade PS, Bhoale SK. Neglected hangman fracture. J Craniovert Jun Spine [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 13 ];6:209-211
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