Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 47, Issue 11, pp 1499–1504 | Cite as

Non-union rate of type II and III odontoid fractures in CPPD versus a control population

  • Aaron Wold
  • Jonelle Petscavage-ThomasEmail author
  • Eric A. Walker
Scientific Article



The objective was to determine if there is a significant difference between rates of non-union of type II and III odontoid fractures in patients with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition (CPPD) compared with a control population.

Materials and methods

A 10-year retrospective picture archive and communications system review was performed of 31 CPPD patients and 31 control patients. Imaging studies were reviewed for radiographic or CT evidence of osseous union and complications.


There was a significant difference in the rates of non-union between the two groups, with the non-union rate reaching 90.3% in the CPPD group and 32% in the control group. Comparing the degree of displacement and angulation of the two groups did not show a significant difference.


The results indicate that odontoid fracture non-union rates are significantly higher in CPPD patients and should be taken into consideration when diagnosing odontoid fractures and deciding on appropriate treatment.


CPPD Odontoid fracture Non-union CT 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron Wold
    • 1
  • Jonelle Petscavage-Thomas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eric A. Walker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyPenn State Hershey Medical Center and College of MedicineHersheyUSA

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