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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 209-211

A report of two cases of familial occipitalization of the atlas in a father and his daughter

Department of Chiropractic D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York, USA

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Shaveen Jayalathge
D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York
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DOI: 10.4103/jcvjs.jcvjs_4_21

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Occipitalization of the atlas (OA) (atlantooccipital assimilation) is a rare congenital anomaly that results in fusion of the C0-C1 complex. Here, we report the two cases of familial OA occurring in a father and his daughter and describe the pathologic features of this rare developmental anomaly. A 70-year-old father and his 30-year-old daughter seeking conservative care for musculoskeletal complaints presented to a chiropractic clinic. Radiographs of the cervical spine demonstrated OA. This represents a novel example of this anomaly in two patients with a direct familial relationship.

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