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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9179647, 5 pages
Case Report

Vertebral Artery Caught in the Fracture Gap after Traumatic C2/3 Spondylolisthesis

University of Leipzig, Clinic and Polyclinic of Orthopedic, Trauma and Plastic Surgery, Liebigstrasse 20, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

Correspondence should be addressed to Ralf Henkelmann; moc.liamelgoog@nnamleknehflar

Received 4 May 2017; Accepted 4 July 2017; Published 1 August 2017

Academic Editor: George Mouzopoulos

Copyright © 2017 Ralf Henkelmann et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background Context. Patient with a C2 fracture and entrapment of the right vertebral artery in the fracture gap. Purpose. Presentation of a case with follow-up until end of treatment. Study Design. Case report. Methods. A 25-year-old woman was brought into our emergency room after falling while riding a horse. She complained of pain in the cervical spine. Clinical examinations showed local tenderness at the upper cervical spine and painful impairment of the mobility of the neck, with no signs of neurological impairment. Radiological diagnostics revealed a traumatic C2/3 spondylolisthesis. A computer tomography (CT) angiographic scan showed a dislocation of the right vertebral artery into the fracture gap without injury to the artery. Open reduction and osteosynthesis were considered of too high risk. Therefore, we conducted fracture treatment with closed reduction and halo fixation. After removal of the halo fixator, the patient was given a soft cervical collar and was advised to rest for additional 6 weeks before beginning gradual activity. Results. Conventional follow-up revealed osseous consolidation and a CT angiographic scan showed consistent blood flow to the artery. Conclusion. Halo fixation was a safe and effective therapy strategy in the case of vertebral artery entrapment after traumatic C2 spondylolisthesis.