Types of dens fractures

three different types of odontoid process also known as dens fractures

  • • Type I fracture involves the superior tip of the odontoid process. It is extremely rare, and some authorities even argue over its existence.
  • • Type II is the most common and is characterized by a fracture through the base of the odontoid process. In contrast to the other two types, this fracture is considered mechanically unstable.
  • • Type III fracture involves the body of C2.
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