Comparing Surgical to Conservative Management in the Treatment of Type II Odontoid Fractures Among the Elderly
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The purpose of this study is to compare the safety and effectiveness of surgical versus conservative management of type II odontoid fractures among patients >/= 65 years of age. Of secondary interest is to determine if there are differences in outcomes between anterior screw fixation and posterior fusion of these fractures.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
65 Years and older (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
All new type II odontoid fractures including < those in which the fracture line crosses into the body of C2 < as long as it doesn't enter the superior articular process of C2
Stable and unstable fractures
< 3 months postinjury
No previous treatment for an odontoid fracture
Pathologic fractures unrelated to osteoporosis
Severe dementia or other severe mental health problem if there is no consentable surrogate available
Participating in other trials or unlikely to attend follow-ups