Ponticulus posticus

Case contributed by Dr Saikat Sarkar


Chronic neck pain

Patient Data

Age: 28 years

Incomplete bony arch is seen over the posterosuperior aspect of the atlas. 

Case Discussion

It occurs due to calcification of the oblique atlanto-occipital ligaments.It is know by many names such as Kimerle foramen,  foramen arcuale atlantis, arcuate foramen or ponticulus posticus.

The ponticulus posticus means "little posterior bridge" in Latin It was defined as an abnormal small bony bridge formed between the posterior portion of the superior articular process and the posterolateral portion of the superior margin of the posterior arch of the atlas

The sulcus situated on the posterolateral margin of the atlas forms a groove for the vertebral artery .The vertebral artery ( atlantic portion V3 )  pass through this foramen.

It has a variable morphology, can be complete or incomplete and may be unilateral or bilateral.

More common in female

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Case information

rID: 48740
Published: 21st Oct 2016
Last edited: 22nd Oct 2016
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