Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health
Os Odontoideum: Rare Cervical Lesion
- Author(s): Robson, Kristie A
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/westjem.2011.4.2029
We report the case of a 22-year-old Marine who presented to the emergency department, after a martial arts exercise, with transient weakness and numbness in all extremities. Computed tomography cervical spine radiographs revealed os odontoideum. Lateral flexion–extension radiographs identified atlanto-axillary instability. This abnormality is rare and can be career ending for military members who do not undergo surgical fusion. [West J Emerg Med. 2011;12(4):520–522.]