Flexion tear drop fracture and cord injury

Case contributed by Dr Ahmed Abdrabou


Trauma to the neck followed by quadriparesis

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Female

Hyperflexion fracture of C5 vertebral body with retropulsion squeezing the cervical cord against the posterior neural arch and resulting in cord edema extending from C3 to C6. No cord transection.

Case Discussion

Diagnosis: Flexion tear drop fracture of C5 and traumatic cord edema. (Unstable hyperflexion injury of cervical spine)

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Case information

rID: 22719
Published: 19th Apr 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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