Bilateral facet dislocation

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Ayush Goel et al.

A bilateral facet dislocation is a flexion distraction type of dislocation of the cervical spine, often a result of buckling force. 

Pathology

Mechanism

It has been thought to result from hyperflexion, however, recent studies suggest a buckling force to be the cause 1.

Radiographic features

  • loss of apposition at facet joint: bilateral facet joints may be perched or locked
  • anterolisthesis can be more than 50%
  • increased interspinous distance
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rID: 35385
Tags: refs, cases, stub
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Bilateral facet dislocations
  • Bilateral facetal dislocation

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