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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 773-776

Neglected bilateral facet dislocation of the cervical spine with intact neurology: Reduction technique

1 Department of Orthopedics, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Dr. Mantu Jain
106, Mahadev Orchid, Cosmopolis Road, Dumduma, Bhubaneswar - 751 019, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/ajns.AJNS_27_20

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Bilateral cervical facet dislocation is a serious injury that in majority cause neurologic deficit requiring prompt medical attention. Rarely, they retain normal neurology due to spontaneous decompression even though patients can have objective myelopathic or root compression signs. Neglected cases with normal neurology are uncommon with only few of them reported in the literature but their management is still a matter of debate. Here, we report a case of a 26-year-old female who had neglected bilateral facet dislocation with neck stiffness that was operated with posteroanterior approach with near-complete reduction and intact neurology. We describe the technique employed and discuss the literature.

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