Posterior realignment of basilar invagination with facet joint distraction technique*

Yigitkanli K., Simsek S., Guzel A.

British Journal of Neurosurgery, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02688697.2021.1914818
  • Journal Name: British Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Keywords: Atlantoaxial, basilar invagination, distraction, vertebral artery injury
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 The Neurosurgical Foundation.Purpose: We describe our experience with management of basilar invagination (BI) with the atlantoaxial dislocation (C1/C2) joint reduction technique, including posterior atlantoaxial internal fixation. Materials and methods: From 2008 to 2018, eleven patients with atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD) and BI underwent surgical reduction using C1/C2 the joint reduction technique with a fibular graft/peek cage placement followed by C1 lateral mass/C2 pedicle screw fixation. In two cases that we originally planned to perform C1/C2 joint reduction, occiput-C2 pedicle screw fixation was performed instead due to intraoperative challenges. Post-operative course and surgical complications will be discussed. Results: A total of 13 patients, with an average age of 30.46 ± 13.23 years (range 12–57), were operated. In one patient, iatrogenic vertebral artery injury occurred without any neurological complication. JOA score improved from 10.45 ± 1.128 to 15.0 ± 1.949 (p < 0.0001, paired t-test). All radiological indices were improved (p at least < 0.001). No construct failure was seen in any of the patients with C1-2 facet joint distraction technique during follow-up, and no additional anterior decompression surgery was required. Conclusions: C1/C2 joint reduction technique with fibular graft/cervical PEEK cage of BI patients together with AAD seems to be an effective and safe surgical method of treatment.