Extension teardrop fracture

Case contributed by Talal F M Abdullah
Diagnosis certain


Road traffic accident, neck pain, no neurological symptoms.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

Avulsion fracture of the antero-inferior corner of the axis (C2).  No associated hangman fracture (common companion).

No other injuries.

Annotated image

The red and yellow arrow shows the avulsed fragment.

Case Discussion

Classical appearance of extension tear drop fracture being avulsed by the anterior longitudinal ligament.

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