Pediatric odontoid fracture causing Brown-Sequard syndrome : A case report

Published online: Jun 27 2012

Kyung-Jin SONG, Bong-Soon CHANG, Kwang-Bok LEE

From Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju and Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea


An odontoid fracture leading to Brown-Sequard syndrome (BSS) is an uncommon condition with only seven cases reported to date. To our knowledge, there are no reports of occurrence in paediatric patients. We report a paediatric odontoid fracture leading to Brown-Sequard syndrome (BSS) with satisfactory recovery following surgical treatment. Odontoid fractures may lead to Brown-Sequard syndrome in cases of high-energy trauma in paediatric patients. Direct anterior screw fixation may be a treatment of choice in paediatric odontoid fractures of the comminuted, displaced type when occurring in conjunction with neurologic injuries.