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C1-C2 Fusion?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Has anyone had C1-C2 (also known as atlanto-axial joint) fusion done? Not resulting from trauma...

Curious to know your presenting symptoms and what diagnostic tests were utilized to come to a diagnosis that led to recommendation for fusion.


  • Since my surgey 5 years ago, I have done well, having trigger point and muscle spams occassionally. Few days ago started with neck pain radiating to arms and headaches, the main concern is dizziness with head turning or tilting. Any helpful info.
  • You didn't say how high up was your ACDF. There is transitional syndrome, ligament laxity from DDD that can lead to bone slippages (out of alignment) and osteoarthritis at the C1-C2 level (atlanto-axial) and rheumatoid arthritis is known to effect this level in particular.

    There are several events that can happen at the upper cervical level. My doc is concerned when I bend my head back if I get dizzy - the degeneration can compress the vertebral arteries which can lead to dizziness.

    I would suggest you get evaluated with this new range of symptoms.

    As for me, this new level is of significant concern and finding other people in a similar situation is proving to be almost non-existant although there are medical literature articles and book references about it, but incidence is very small.....
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