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Lateral Atlantooccipital Ligament (Right)
Connective Tissue

Lateral Atlantooccipital Ligament (Right)

Ligamentum atlantooccipitale laterale

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Fibers of the lateral atlantooccipital ligament run medial to lateral, between the lateral pert of the occipital bone to the transverse process of the first cervical vertebra (Tubbs et al, 2007).

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Anatomical Relations

The lateral atlantooccipital ligament lies immediately deep to rectus capitis lateralis muscle. It runs from the inferior surface of the lateral part of the occipital bone, posterior to the jugular process, to the superior surface of the transverse process of the atlas.


The lateral atlantooccipital ligament limits the movement of the atlantooccipital joint, preventing anterior or posterior displacement of the cranium in relation to the spinal column.


Tubbs, R. S., Stetler, W., Shoja, M. M., Loukas, M., Hansasuta, A., Liechty, P., Acakpo-Satchivi, L., Wellons, J. C., Blount, J. P., Salter, E. G. and Oakes, W. J. (2007) 'The lateral atlantooccipital ligament', Surg Radiol Anat, 29(3), pp. 219-23.

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