Craniovertebral Junction Instability: Special Reference to Paediatric Age Group

  • Atul GoelEmail author
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 40)


Craniovertebral junction is the centre for stability and of mobility of the spine. The region is ingeniously designed and structured to permit a complex array of movements whilst preserving the stability. The occipitoatlantal joint is the centre for stability, whilst atlantoaxial joint is the centre for mobility. Despite the flawless architecture, a range of factors can influence the stability of the region. Majority of instability is related to affection of the atlantoaxial joint. Special issues confront the surgeon whilst dealing with instability of the craniovertebral junction in paediatric age group. Authors will discuss the issue of instability of craniovertebral junction, more particularly as it relates to paediatric patients, and discuss the methods of stabilisation.


Atlantoaxial dislocation basilar invagination craniovertebral anomaly 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryK.E.M Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical CollegeParel, MumbaiIndia

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