transverse ligament of the atlas

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trans·verse lig·a·ment of the at·las

thick, strong, centrally flattened band spanning the vertebral foramen of the atlas as it extends from the medial aspect of one lateral mass to the other, passing dorsal to the dens with which it articulates; it forms the dorsal portion of the opening for the dens, tightly embracing its neck. It forms a part of the "cross-bar" of the cruciform ligament of the atlas.
See also: cruciate ligament of the atlas.
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Thomas, German anatomist and surgeon, 1758-1826.
Lauth ligament - Synonym(s): transverse ligament of the atlas
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The current literature highlights injuries involving the transverse atlantal ligament [3], and tectorial membrane injuries have been reported [4]; however, injuries to the posterior atlantoaxial ligament are not widely published.
Sonntag, "Injuries involving the transverse atlantal ligament: classification and treatment guidelines based upon experience with 39 injuries," Neurosurgery, vol.
treatment for displaced Jefferson burst fractures with incompetency of the transverse atlantal ligament. Eur Spine J.
Twenty-eight of these patients had a coexisting elongation of the transverse atlantal ligament and a malfunction in the contralateral alar ligament.
A slight constriction accommodates the transverse atlantal ligament. Its pedicles are broad and strong, as is its larger spinous process.

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