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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 15, Issue 3, July 2015 pp 491-493

Research Article

Morphometric study of the human atlas vertebra for vertebral artery groove

Deepak N Kawale1, Pushpa S Rajan2, Shaikh S I3, Sukre B Shivaji4

1Assistant Professor, 4Professor and HOD, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, INDIA.

2Resident, Department of Biochemistry, SRTR GMC, Ambejogai, Maharashtra, INDIA.

3Professor and HOD, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Yewatmal, Maharashtra, INDIA.

Aims: 1.To compare and contrast the measurements of vertebral artery groove of atlas with that of other studies and its significance in screw placement surgeries. 2. To compare and contrast the result of present study with previous studies. Methods: 100 adult human atlas vertebrae of unknown sex from the department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India studied for the measurement of vertebral artery groove. Results: The mean value for the width of vertebral artery groove was found to be 7.98 mm with a range extending from 6.42-9.56 mm and standard deviation of 0.8. Conclusion: The knowledge of the quantitative anatomy of the vertebral artery groove is very important for surgeons performing operative procedures in that region thereby avoiding vascular complications.