Asymptomatic Missing Cervical Plate and Screws: A Case Report

Guner Menekse, Ali Ihsan Okten, Kerem Mazhar Ozsoy, Tuncay Ates, Aslan Guzel


Anterior cervical screw-plate system has become popular and safer in the substantial cervical spine in recent years. Materials and devices for anterior stabilization have improved in reliability. Nevertheless, screw-plate stabilization includes early and late complications. Our report demonstrates that cervical screws and plate may disappear asymptomatically or without any complication, and this is also the first case of asymptomatically disappearing cervical plate in the literature. We concluded that an esophageal perforation had occurred, and the plate and screws had been eliminated through the intestinal tract without any notice.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(5):285-288


Asymptomatic; Cervical spine; Complication; Esophageal perforation; Plate loss

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