Cervical facet fracture and anterior discoligamentous injury

Case contributed by Andrew Dixon
Diagnosis certain


Motorbike accident.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

Unilateral C6 facet fracture. No malalignment. 

In addition to the C6 facet fracture seen on CT, there is disruption of the anterior disc annulus and anterior longitudinal ligament at C5-6 without disc space widening and along trace pre-vertebral fluid. The posterior longitudinal ligament and posterior ligamentous complex are intact. C2 to C5 interspinous and paravertebral edema. 

Case Discussion

Unilateral C6 facet fracture and C5-6 anterior discoligamentous injury.

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