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Halo traction in basilar invagination: technical case report.
Surg Neurol. 2006 Sep; 66(3):311-4; discussion 314.SN

Abstract

BACKGROUND

In the management of basilar invagination, traction therapy may help by pulling down the odontoid process away from the brain stem that may result in clinical and radiological improvement. We aimed to discuss the role of the halo vest apparatus traction on the reduction of severe anterior compression pathologies in basilar invagination.

CASE DESCRIPTION

We describe a simple and safe cervical traction method by the halo vest apparatus that is followed by rigid posterior occipitocervical fixation and foramen magnum decompression in a patient who presented with basilar invagination and symptoms of severe brain stem compression. An MR-suitable halo vest apparatus was used for reduction of the deformity. The reduction of the basilar invagination was achieved gradually by distracting the halo crown in stages.

CONCLUSION

The halo vest apparatus can be safely used in complex craniocervical junction anomalies. An effective cervical traction can be performed in basilar invagination, and reduction of the deformity may be achieved without the risk of overdistraction. In some cases, even partial reduction of the deformity may facilitate brain stem and spinal cord relief without any need of posterior decompression. Patients may benefit from ambulatory functions because bed rest is eliminated in this procedure. Neurovascular structures and the degree of the reduction can be observed on MRIs when an MR-suitable device is used.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Neurosurgery Department, Ministry of Health, Diskapi Educational and Research Hospital, Ankara 06110, Turkey.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16935643

Citation

Simsek, Serkan, et al. "Halo Traction in Basilar Invagination: Technical Case Report." Surgical Neurology, vol. 66, no. 3, 2006, pp. 311-4; discussion 314.
Simsek S, Yigitkanli K, Belen D, et al. Halo traction in basilar invagination: technical case report. Surg Neurol. 2006;66(3):311-4; discussion 314.
Simsek, S., Yigitkanli, K., Belen, D., & Bavbek, M. (2006). Halo traction in basilar invagination: technical case report. Surgical Neurology, 66(3), 311-4; discussion 314.
Simsek S, et al. Halo Traction in Basilar Invagination: Technical Case Report. Surg Neurol. 2006;66(3):311-4; discussion 314. PubMed PMID: 16935643.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Halo traction in basilar invagination: technical case report. AU - Simsek,Serkan, AU - Yigitkanli,Kazim, AU - Belen,Deniz, AU - Bavbek,Murad, PY - 2005/11/24/received PY - 2005/12/19/accepted PY - 2006/8/29/pubmed PY - 2006/10/20/medline PY - 2006/8/29/entrez SP - 311-4; discussion 314 JF - Surgical neurology JO - Surg Neurol VL - 66 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: In the management of basilar invagination, traction therapy may help by pulling down the odontoid process away from the brain stem that may result in clinical and radiological improvement. We aimed to discuss the role of the halo vest apparatus traction on the reduction of severe anterior compression pathologies in basilar invagination. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe a simple and safe cervical traction method by the halo vest apparatus that is followed by rigid posterior occipitocervical fixation and foramen magnum decompression in a patient who presented with basilar invagination and symptoms of severe brain stem compression. An MR-suitable halo vest apparatus was used for reduction of the deformity. The reduction of the basilar invagination was achieved gradually by distracting the halo crown in stages. CONCLUSION: The halo vest apparatus can be safely used in complex craniocervical junction anomalies. An effective cervical traction can be performed in basilar invagination, and reduction of the deformity may be achieved without the risk of overdistraction. In some cases, even partial reduction of the deformity may facilitate brain stem and spinal cord relief without any need of posterior decompression. Patients may benefit from ambulatory functions because bed rest is eliminated in this procedure. Neurovascular structures and the degree of the reduction can be observed on MRIs when an MR-suitable device is used. SN - 0090-3019 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16935643/Halo_traction_in_basilar_invagination:_technical_case_report_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0090-3019(06)00102-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -