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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1981 March; 44(3): 202–208.
PMCID: PMC490891

An anatomical basis for the neck-tongue syndrome.

Abstract

The C2 nerve roots and rami were dissected in five cadavers to explore the pathogenesis of Neck-Tongue Syndrome. The most likely cause of the simultaneous occurrence of suboccipital pain and ipsilateral numbness of the tongue is an abnormal subluxation of one lateral atlanto-axial joint with impaction of the C2 ventral ramus against the subluxated articular processes.

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