Cervical Spine Injuries, Fractures and Whiplash - Posterior Screw Plate Fixation

Articular pillar anatomy in a 72-year old man
Articular pillar anatomy in a 72–year–old man who had been operated on by posterior screw–plate fixation using a small AO/ASIF DC plate and 3.5mm cancellous screws. Before in situ freezing of the spine and removal of the specimen, the arteries had been injected with red contrast medium. The implants were extracted from the specimen and the screw tracts and plate cavities were filled with a blue casting medium. This screw has violated the inferior articular process of C5, its tip lies in the upper portion of the facet joint stopping short of the vertebral artery. Note also the C5 root sheath and the C6 dorsal root ganglion.

©2000 Wolfgang Rauschning, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Anatomy
Academic University Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Uppsala, Sweden
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Updated on: 09/18/12
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