Fluoroscopic-guided Biopsy for Pathological Fracture of C2: Transoral Approach

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AKP Wu, Y Wong, YW Wong

Hong Kong J Radiol 2007;10:85-7

Biopsy of the cervical spine poses special problems because of the proximity to many vital organs with the potential for bleeding and damage to nerves and spinal structures. Although the transoral approach to the atlanto-axial region is generally an open surgical procedure, for patients for whom diagnosis is required before treatment, a needle biopsy can be done. This report is of a patient for whom the transoral approach was used to perform fluoroscopic-guided biopsy for pathological fracture of C2.