Clay-shoveler fracture

Case contributed by RMH Core Conditions
Diagnosis certain


Post high-speed trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

Cervical spine


Minimally displaced fractures of the spinous processes of C4 and C7. Cervical alignment is otherwise within normal limits.

Case Discussion

Clay-shoveler fractures are ones through the spinous processes of the cervicothoracic junction. They are usually isolated but are uncommonly multiple. 

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