Threaded K-wire spinous process fixation of the axis for modified Gallie fusion in children and adolescents
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A retrospective analysis of a technique for achieving atlantoaxial arthrodesis was performed. Fourteen patients underwent a modified Gallie technique, and all patients achieved successful arthrodesis with minimal restriction in rotation of the neck postoperatively. No patients showed neurologic deterioration. Fixation of a threaded K-wire to the spinous process of the axis improved the stability of the wiring technique, and we have been very successful in achieving atlantoaxial arthrodesis in the pediatric population.
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