What is the role of atlantoaxial joint blocks in pain management?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Anthony H Wheeler, MD; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Atlantoaxial joint blocks should be performed only by highly skilled interventionists. The intra-articular target of this joint is at the midpoint of its radiographic silhouette as seen in posteroanterior views. This procedure is potentially hazardous with little margin for error because of the proximity of the dural sac, spinal cord, and vertebral artery.


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