Accessory articulation of cervical transverse processes

Case contributed by Dr James Harvey

Presentation

Presenting to ED following a bicycle accident. Neck pain.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

Unenhanced CT cervical spine

CT

There is apparent articulation between the left C5 and C6 transverse processes.

No significant degenerative changes at this level.

No acute injury identified.

Key images

Annotated image

Key images demonstrating the site of articulation between the left C5 and C6 transverse processes.

Case Discussion

Accessory articulation between cervical transverse processes is a rare anatomical variant.

It reflects an incidental finding in this case.

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