from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the occipital bone and to the atlas; occipito-atlantal: as, the occipito-atloid ligaments.
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His left hand, placed under the patient's occiput, elevates the head and maintains the desired degree of extension at the occipito-atloid joint (Fig. 50).
Extension of the head on the occipito-atloid joint is for the purpose of freeing the tube from the teeth, and the amount required will vary with the degree to which the mouth can be opened.
Therefore, if we are to bring the buccal cavity and pharynx in a straight line with the trachea and esophagus it will be found necessary to elevate the whole head above the plane of the table, and at the same time make extension at the occipito-atloid joint.
The extension is incorrectly imparted to the whole cervical spine instead of only to the occipito-atloid joint.
In obtaining the position of high head with occipito-atloid extension, the easiest and most certain method, as pointed out to me by my assistant, Gabriel Tucker, is first to raise the head, strongly flexed, as shown in Fig. 52; then while maintaining it there, make the occipito-atloid extension.
Too great extension of the head is to be avoided -- even slight flexion at the occipito-atloid joint may be found useful at times.
The neck being maintained in position B, the desired amount of extension of the head is obtained by a movement limited to the occipito-atloid articulation by the assistant's hand placed as shown by the dart (B).
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