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Anterior Atlantodental Ligament
Connective Tissue

Anterior Atlantodental Ligament

Ligamentum atlantodentale anterius

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Anatomical Relations

The anterior atlantodental ligament runs from the anterior articular surface of the dens to the articular facet for the dens on the atlas.


The anterior atlantodental ligament prevents over rotation of the atlantoaxial joint.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Atlantoaxial dislocation

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