A case of traumatic posterolateral C1-C2 dislocation associated with odontoid fracture is reported. This is a rare case of traumatic posterolateral C1-C2 dislocation associated with odontoid fracture. Its management is discussed. A traumatic dislocation of atlanto-axial joint associated with an odontoid fracture remains a rare injury. No case of posterior dislocation has been reported so far in the literature with this type of management. The case is of a 25 year-old-man with a primary atlanto-axial posterolateral dislocation associated with a type II displaced odontoid fracture without any neurological complication. The patient underwent gentle traction during 24hours with a halo frame. An incomplete reduction was achieved. Two days later, a complete reduction was obtained thanks to a preoperative manual traction maintained by a Mayfield (R) modified skull clamp. Anterior C1-C2 fixation was performed according to Vaccaro's technique. The patient wore a cervical collar and underwent physiotherapy during three months. To our best knowledge, this case represents the first traumatic atlanto-axial dislocation associated with an odontoid fracture which was treated through retropaharyngeal approach. This had been rendered possible thanks to the final reduction maneuver in extension.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Atlanto-axial, C1-C2, Cervical trauma, Odontoid fractures, Posterior dislocation, Cervical traction, Vaccaro