Objective: In this study we aimed to investigate the efficacy, long term result and associated complications of Halo Vest treatment for patients with upper cervical spine fractures.
Methods: This study included 13 patients (11 men and 2 women) who applied Halo Vest treatment for traumatic upper cervical vertebral fracture between 2006 and 2011. We reviewed the radiological and clinical findings of patients before and after the treatment.
Results: Six of 13 patients had odontoid type 3 fracture, 2 patients had odontoid type 2 fracture with C1 type 1 fracture, 2 patients had odontoid type 2 fracture with Jefferson fracture, one patient had type 2 hangman fracture and two patients had unclassified C2 corpus fractures. The mean follow-up time with Halo Vest was 14 weeks (10-21 weeks). Ten patients had bone fusion and the mean time of bone fusion was 12 weeks.
Conclusions: Halo Vest treatment for upper cervical spine fracture is a safe and effective method but the patients comfort and satisfaction are low.
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