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occipital vertebra anomoly in 11 year old healthy (very active) boy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 28, 2008
  • 07:12 PM

My 11 year old very active son was diagnosed with occipital vertebra anomoly. The Dr says there is some movement with flexion. This was an incidental finding. He has NO symptoms. Ther is no impingement to the spinal cord. One Dr. insists that we do a c1 c2 fusion. HELP Does ANYONE have ANY experience with this? We do not want to limit his activity if do not have to. Can someone please help us to make sense of this information.

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  • Iin some cases these anomalies occur at the occipital-C1 region or at the C1-2 region. It all depends on what kind of anomaly it is. Did you see any reports that would name the anomaly or state exactly what it is? If he has no symptoms, then assuming he is a normal boy and plays outside and roughhouses occasionally, then any problem serious enough to require drasticintervention would probably have already shown up. I would not rush into any surgery at this time. Get some more information and make an informed desicion. Good luck.
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  • Yes, with no symptoms I would absolutely get another opinion. Surgical fusion should be a last resort, after all other methods have failed to provide results...a c1 c2 fusion I would think would be an especially difficult and dangerous procedure. If he does develop any symptoms of pain of range of motion difficulties please try acupuncture - it can be very helpful and promotes healing of the tissues and joints. MUCH less invasive then surgery! Best wishesDOM
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