© 2013

The Axis Vertebra

  • Demetrios S. Korres

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dimitrios-Stergios Evangelopoulos
      Pages 3-5
    3. Andrés Combalia
      Pages 7-19
    4. Vassilis A. Lykomitros
      Pages 21-26
    5. Konstantinos E. Kokkinis, Emmanouil Emmanouil
      Pages 27-38
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Demetrios S. Korres
      Pages 41-43
    3. Demetrios S. Korres
      Pages 45-59
    4. Demetrios S. Korres, Nikolaos E. Efstathopoulos
      Pages 61-65
    5. Efstratios Kavroudakis, Demetrios S. Korres
      Pages 67-73
    6. Demetrios S. Korres, Andreas F. Mavrogenis
      Pages 75-77
    7. Panagiotis K. Karampinas, Demetrios S. Korres
      Pages 79-85
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Andrea Angelini, Roberto Casadei
      Pages 89-103
    3. Carlo Logroscino, Luca Proietti, Giovanni Almadori, Gaetano Paludetti
      Pages 105-112
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Stergios N. Lallos, Nikolaos E. Efstathopoulos
      Pages 115-124
    3. Carlos Villas
      Pages 125-143
    4. Andreas F. Mavrogenis, Pietro Ruggieri
      Pages 145-154

About this book


The axis (second cervical) vertebra is of special interest owing to its particular anatomy, biomechanics, and position in the spine. Despite this, the role of the axis in the function of the cervical spine and the nature of its involvement in trauma and other pathological conditions are still not completely understood. 

This book covers all aspects of the axis vertebra and its disorders. Embryologic development, normal anatomy, and biomechanics of the axis and upper cervical spine are first discussed, and imaging appearances explained with the aid of standard radiographs and images obtained using advanced techniques. Congenital anomalies, fractures, infections, and tumors (benign and malignant) are then discussed in depth in individual sections. Detailed attention is paid to the different types of fracture and ligamentous injury, and the relevant surgical approaches are described. 

The Axis Vertebra is based on the personal experience and expertise of the contributing authors, enhanced by up-to-date information drawn from the literature. It will appeal to a range of practitioners, including orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, radiologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, and physical therapists.


Congenital anomalies Fractures Infections Ligamentous injury Spine Tumors

Editors and affiliations

  • Demetrios S. Korres
    • 1
  1. 1. ATHENSGreece

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Axis Vertebra
  • Editors Demetrios S. Korres
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-88-470-5231-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-88-470-5840-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-88-470-5232-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 157
  • Number of Illustrations 79 b/w illustrations, 53 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Orthopedics
    Imaging / Radiology
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Industry Sectors
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From the reviews:

“This monograph is about the anatomy, surgical pathology, neurosurgical approaches, and relationship to the occiput. I recommend this book for orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and all physicians interested in surgery of the upper spine. … This is a pearl for those interested in anatomy and surgical management. I recommend this book to trauma specialists, ENT surgeons, and neurosurgeons alike.” (Joseph J. Grenier,, May, 2014)