Cervical spine fracture in ankylosing spondylitis
Fall with headstrike.
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Fractured anterior osteophyte extending into the C6 vertebral body and posterior elements. Increased cervical lordosis. Extensive ossification of ALL and PLL with multilevel fusion.
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Due to the multilevel fusion, minor trauma can result in severe fractures in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Spinal cord damage is also more common in these patients.
Colloquially, this injury is known as a "carrot stick" or "chalk stick" fracture.