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Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 113, Issue 2, pp 115–116 | Cite as

Lateral flexion/extension radiographs: still recommended following cervical spinal injury

  • R. Fricker
  • A. Gachter
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Abstract

We present the case of a patient who sustained a cervical spinal injury and subsequent transient quadriplegia with full recovery from the spinal cord concussion. Initial plain X-ray films and magnetic resonance imaging did not show any pathological findings, but lateral radiographs in flexion and extension performed 10 days later revealed a fracture of the C4 spinous process without ligamentous instability, confirming significant injury to the cervical spine.

Keywords

Public Health Magnetic Resonance Imaging Spinal Cord Cervical Spine Pathological Finding 
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© Springer-Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Fricker
    • 1
  • A. Gachter
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Basel, KantonsspitalBaselSwitzerland

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