Pathological dens fracture

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Fall from bed.

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Male

Type 2 dens fracture, with the fracture line appearing widened anteriorly with C1/2 subluxation. Extensive sclerotic skeletal lesions throughout the skeleton. Multilevel degenerative change. 

Case Discussion

In an elderly male the extensive sclerotic foci are almost certainly prostate cancer, of which this patient had a history of. 

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Case information

rID: 48279
Published: 28th Sep 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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