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What kind of neck fractures require a halo neck?

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Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Unstable fractures

A fracture of the neck can vary in severity.
Mild fractures may only need observation and severe fractures are often fatal. Unstable fractures require stabilization which may mean a cervical collar, a halo or surgery. Typically unstable fractures of the upper cervical spine are difficult to stabilize in a collar and are more commonly treated with a halo.

In brief: Unstable fractures

A fracture of the neck can vary in severity.
Mild fractures may only need observation and severe fractures are often fatal. Unstable fractures require stabilization which may mean a cervical collar, a halo or surgery. Typically unstable fractures of the upper cervical spine are difficult to stabilize in a collar and are more commonly treated with a halo.
Dr. Jason Huffman
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