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Figure 5: Breakage of K wire during odontoid screw fixation (a– d). During the odontoid drilling for placement of odontoid screw, there was the rare complication of K wire breakage. We managed to place an odontoid screw near the broken K wire with a good union (a) Breakage of K wire during the drilling procedure in anterior odontoid screw fixation; (b) Placement of the screw with the broken K wire in situ; (c) Follow-up sagittal computed tomography (CT) scan showing fusion; and, (d) Follow-up axial CT scan showing the fusion

Figure 5: Breakage of K wire during odontoid screw fixation (a– d). During the odontoid drilling for placement of odontoid screw, there was the rare complication of K wire breakage. We managed to place an odontoid screw near the broken K wire with a good union (a) Breakage of K wire during the drilling procedure in anterior odontoid screw fixation; (b) Placement of the screw with the broken K wire <i>in situ</i>; (c) Follow-up sagittal computed tomography (CT) scan showing fusion; and, (d) Follow-up axial CT scan showing the fusion