Extension teardrop fracture cervical spine

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Face plant. Now upper cervical pain with tenderness on palpation

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Female

Acute C3 fracture with prevertebral soft tissue swelling displacing the pharynx anteriorly (arrow).  No widening or compression of the posterior elements.  Facets in normal alignment.

Radiographic findings confirmed

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Case information

rID: 20304
Published: 11th Nov 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: spine
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