Congenital posterior atlas defect associated with anterior rachischisis and early cervical degenerative disc disease : A case study and review of the literature

Published online: Apr 27 2007

Dritan Pasku, Pavlos Katonis, Apostolos Karantanas, Alexander Hadjipavlou

University of Crete Heraklion, Greece


A rare case of a wide congenital atlas defect is reported. A 25 year-old woman was admitted after complaints of radicular pain in the right arm. Radiographs incidentally revealed aplasia of the posterior arch of the atlas together with anterior rachischisis. A review of the literature is presented and a possible association with early disc degeneration is discussed.