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Anomalies of the odontoid process discovered as incidental findings on cephalometric radiographs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12923515     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two patients with unusual developmental anomalies of the odontoid process of the axis are presented. These anomalies were discovered as incidental findings on the cephalometric radiographs obtained as part of orthodontic treatment. Both patients had severe instability of the cervical spine at the articulation between the first and second cervical vertebrae that required referral to a medical specialist. When this was discovered, both patients were asymptomatic, with normal neurologic findings. Surgical stabilization of the spine was considered but deferred because the patients had no neurologic signs or symptoms. To protect them from head injury, the patients were advised to refrain from contact sports and strenuous exercise, and follow-up evaluations were recommended. These cases emphasize the need to evaluate head and neck structures shown on cephalometric radiographs, independent of the traditional morphometric analysis.
Sotirios Tetradis; Mel L Kantor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics : official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodontics     Volume:  124     ISSN:  0889-5406     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-18     Completed Date:  2003-09-04     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8610224     Medline TA:  Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  184-9     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles 90095-1668, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cervical Atlas / abnormalities*,  radiography
Incidental Findings
Odontoid Process / abnormalities*,  radiography

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