Keywords : C7 vertebra
FUSED C6 AND C7 CERVICAL VERTEBRA AND ITS CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS - AN ANATOMICAL VARIATION
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 8, Pages 300-306
Introduction: Vertebral column is called a spinal column which protects the spinal cord, provides attachment to muscles, supports the trunk (etc). Fused C6 and C7 bones cause loss of neck movement, high risk of fracture due to which it leads to nerve compression causing the forelimbs to be affected ( paralysis and anesthesia). The intention of this osteology based study was to estimate the C6 and C7 bone and its clinical implications.
Materials and Methods: The given study was led at the Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals. The study was conducted by examining 27 dry human C6 and C7 bones.
Results: Out of 27 C6 and C7 bones one fused C6 and C7 bone was observed. This may lead to shortening of cervical spine, lowered hairline, osseous malformation leading to sensations like pain, burning sensations, cramps (etc). The uncal bone was fused in the superior surface of C6 bone and from lateral view it was observed that the superior articular and inferior articular facet was completely fused.