The cervicothoracic junction

Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2007 Apr;18(2):365-71. doi: 10.1016/


The cervicothoracic junction (CTJ) represents a unique region in the spine because of its biomechanical properties. It is predisposed to various traumatic injuries, tumor, and iatrogenic instability. It is also a difficult region to access anteriorly because of the vital structures ventral to the CTJ. The development of new surgical techniques and new instrumentation has allowed better access and fixation to the CTJ.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Cervical Vertebrae / injuries
  • Cervical Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / surgery*
  • Male
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / methods*
  • Spinal Diseases / surgery*
  • Spinal Fractures / surgery*
  • Spinal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / injuries
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / surgery*