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Atlanto-occipital fusion: A rare anomaly of the craniocervical junction
Dipti A. Nimje1, Harish A. Wankhede2
1MD, Anatomy, Medical Officer, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
2MD, Anatomy, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Miraj, Maharashtra, India.

Article ID: 100001A04DN2014
doi:10.5348/A04-2014-1-CR-1

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Government Medical College, Miraj-416410
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Nimje DA, Wankhede HA. Atlanto-occipital fusion: A rare anomaly of the craniocervical junction. Edorium J Anat Embryo 2014;1:1–4.


Abstract
Atlanto-occipital joint is important joint present at the craniocervical junction. This joint comes in relation to the important structures in the region like vertebral arteries, spinal arteries, medulla oblongata and spinal cord. Atlanto-occipital fusion is a rare anomaly of the craniocervical junction which may be congenital or acquired. Clinical symptoms due to this anomaly vary from simple pain to sudden death. So aim of presenting this paper is to aware the clinicians, surgeons, radiologists of such rare anomaly which can land up in severe complications.

Keywords: Atlanto-occipital fusion, Atlas vertebra, Occipitalization, Assimilation, Synostosis


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Author Contributions
Dipti A. Nimje – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Harish A. Wankhede – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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About The Authors

Dipti A. Nimje is working as Medical Officer at Government Medical College, Nagpur, India. She earned undergraduate MBBS degree from Government Medical College, Akola, India and postgraduate degree MD. Anatomy from Dr. Vaishampayan Memorial Government Medical College, Solapur, India. She has published four research papers in national and international academic journals. Her research interests include dissection study and embryological study. She intends to pursue PhD, DNB in future and love to teach the Anatomy subject. Email: dr.dipti342@gmail.com



Harish A. Wankhede is working as Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy at Government Medical College, Miraj, India. He earned undergraduate MBBS degree from Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh Memorial Medical College, Amravati, India and postgraduate degree M.D. Anatomy from Dr. Vaishampayan Memorial Government Medical College, Solapur, India. He has published five research papers in national and international academic journals. His research interests include dissection study, embryological and histological study. He intends to pursue PhD, DNB in future and teaching Anatomy is his passion. Email: drharrywan@gmail.com




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