Endoscopic Transnasal Odontoidectomy

Cesare Zoia, Daniele Bongetta, Sabino Luzzi

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Background: Odontoidectomy may represent the treatment of choice for symptomatic ventral craniovertebral junction stenosis in selected cases. An endoscopic transnasal approach has been proposed as an alternative to a classic transoral approach. Method: We report a case of a patient with a craniovertebral junction stenosis due to the ossification of the posterior ligament. The clinical and radiological records of the patient and a step-by-step description of the surgical technique are presented (Fig. 1). Conclusion: Endoscopic transnasal odontoidectomy provides a direct access to the dens and adjacent structures of the anterior upper cervical spine with a less invasive burden on the oropharingeal structures. The link to the video can be found at: https://youtu.be/Ofrk1sFTV9I.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Neurological Surgery, Part B: Skull Base
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • craniovertebral junction
  • endoscopic cervical decompression
  • endoscopic transnasal surgery
  • odontoidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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