Fractures of the occipital condyles: report of four cases and review of the literature

N. Bettini, M. C. Malaguti, M. Sintini, Carlo Monti

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Fractures of the occipital condyle are rare; 32 cases have been reported in the literature.Here, the authors describe four additional cases of occipital condylar fracture. Anderson's classification is used: type I fracture: comminution of the condyle without significant displacement; type II: basilar fracture extending into the condyle; type III: condylar avulsion. The possible mechanisms are identified. Computed tomography proved essential in diagnosing these fractures; coronal reconstructions together with axial scans are particularly helpful. Three-dimensional reconstruction did not prove essential in diagnosing these fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1993


  • Computed tomography
  • Fracture
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Neurologic damage
  • Occipital condyles
  • Pathogenic mechanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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