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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 38-41

The danger of failure to recognize injury in cervical spine X-ray for trauma


Department of Neurosurgery, Spine Fixed in Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Biodun Ogungbo
Department of Neurosurgery, Spine Fixed in Abuja, Garki 2, Abuja
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1118-4647.189752

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We present a female with an acute traumatic fracture dislocation of the cervical spine. She sustained bilateral facetal dislocation at the C7/T1 junction without neurological deficit. This was not diagnosed on initial X-rays of the cervical spine. We highlight the danger of this failure and conducting dynamic X-rays in such a situation. The patient presented after 4 months and was operated upon safely with anterior/posterior fixation across the fracture site. She remains neurologically intact.


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