Fractures of the odontoid process. Conservative and operative treatment. Prognostic factors.

Published online: Mar 27 1993

E van Holsbeeck, D Stoffelen, and G Fabry.

Orthopedic Department, U.Z. Pellenberg, Lubbeek-Pellenberg, Belgium.


In a retrospective study 33 fractures of the dens were analyzed. Nonoperative treatment was successful in types I and III, but unsuccessful in 48.5% of type II fractures. In addition to the poor outcome factors of Schatzker, the classification of Roy-Camille is a valuable prognostic factor.