alar ligaments


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a·lar lig·a·ments

[TA]
one of a pair of short stout bands that extends from the side of the dens of the axis to the tubercle on the medial aspect of the occipital condyle; Synonym(s): check ligaments of odontoid
Synonym(s): ligamenta alaria [TA]

a·lar lig·a·ments

(ālăr ligă-mĕnts) [TA]
One of a pair of short stout bands that extend from the side of the dens of the axis to the tubercle on the medial aspect of the occipital condyle.
Synonym(s): check ligaments of odontoid, ligamenta alaria [TA] .
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A widened or uneven atlantodental distance implies that the alar ligaments are disrupted or dysfunctional.
9] Also, the horizontally oriented facet joints and capsules between the atlas and axis can be affected by accentuated axial rotation, which can injure the alar ligaments.
We obtained thin slices, mostly between 4 and 5 mm, that were oriented to the exact location of the alar ligaments, either horizontally or off-axis.