Cervical fracture and dislocation with locked facet

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


High speed car accident.

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Male

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Cervical Spine CT

C6-7 fracture dislocation including left locked facet dislocation and right facet fracture allowing substantial anterolisthesis of C6 relative to C7 and resultant canal narrowing. Anterosuperior corner fracture of the C7 vertebral body. 


Cervical Spine MRI

In addition to the CT findings, the MRI shows complete rupture of the ligamentum flavum at C6-7 with related short segment posterior epidural haematoma, and disrupted ALL at C7 with prevertebral haematoma. There is canal narrowing with effacement of CSF around the cord and cord oedema, but no cord haemorrhage or transection. 

Case Discussion

Unstable C6-7 fracture dislocation including a locked facet joint, ALL injury, ligamentum flavum tear, posterior epidural haematoma and cord compression.  

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Case information

rID: 31837
Case created: 31st Oct 2014
Last edited: 15th Apr 2017
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