Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4--9

Anatomic, functional, and radiographic review of the ligaments of the craniocervical junction


Peter Fiester1, Dinesh Rao1, Erik Soule1, Peaches Orallo2, Gazanfar Rahmathulla3 
1 Department of Neuroradiology, University of Florida Health, Jacksonville, FL, USA
2 Department of Anesthesia, University of Florida Health, Jacksonville, FL, USA
3 Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida Health, Jacksonville, FL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Erik Soule
655 West 8th Street, Jacksonville 32209, FL
USA

The craniocervical junction (CCJ) is a complex and unique osteoligamentous structure that balances maximum stability and protection of vital neurovascular anatomy with ample mobility and range of motion. With the increasing utilization and improved resolution of cervical magnetic resonance imaging, craniocervical injury is being more accurately defined as a spectrum of injury that ranges in severity from overt craniocervical disassociation to isolated injuries of one more of the craniocervical ligaments, which may also lead to craniocervical instability. Thus, it is vital for the radiologist and neurosurgeon to have a thorough understanding of the imaging anatomy and function of the CCJ.


How to cite this article:
Fiester P, Rao D, Soule E, Orallo P, Rahmathulla G. Anatomic, functional, and radiographic review of the ligaments of the craniocervical junction.J Craniovert Jun Spine 2021;12:4-9


How to cite this URL:
Fiester P, Rao D, Soule E, Orallo P, Rahmathulla G. Anatomic, functional, and radiographic review of the ligaments of the craniocervical junction. J Craniovert Jun Spine [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Apr 17 ];12:4-9
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