Flexion tear drop fracture and cord injury
Trauma to the neck followed by quadriparesis
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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.
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Diagnosis: Flexion tear drop fracture of C5 and traumatic cord edema. (Unstable hyperflexion injury of cervical spine)