Nasir A. Quraishi, Sherief Elsayed

September 2011, Volume 20, Issue 10, pp 1589 - 1592 Grand Rounds Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-011-1858-7

First Online: 28 July 2011

[Figure not available: see fulltext.]Unstable cervical fractures commonly require fusion surgery. We present a case of an unstable cervical fracture (AO classification A2.2) affecting the fifth cervical vertebra which was managed by kyphoplasty to achieve a pain-free, functional and stable outcome. The decision to undertake a kyphoplasty procedure was made in the hope of preserving motion and limiting the degree of future adjacent segment disease. We believe this to be the first case of the use of kyphoplasty to be published in the literature in relation to a traumatic cervical fracture. Additionally, at one-year follow-up the patient reports no pain, a near full range of motion in the cervical spine and no neurological deficit.

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