An unusual presentation of whiplash injury: long thoracic and spinal accessory nerve injury

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Whiplash injuries from motor vehicle accidents are very common. The usual presentation and course of this condition normally results in resolution of symptoms within a few weeks. Brachial plexus traction injuries without any bone or joint lesion of the cervical spine have been reported before. We report a case where a gentleman was involved in a rear end vehicle collision, sustained a whiplash injury and was later found to have a long thoracic nerve palsy and spinal accessory nerve palsy. Although isolated injuries of both nerves following a whiplash injury have been reported, combined injury of the two nerves following a whiplash injury is very uncommon and is being reported for the first time.

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Omar, N., Alvi, F. & Srinivasan, M.S. An unusual presentation of whiplash injury: long thoracic and spinal accessory nerve injury. Eur Spine J 16, 275–277 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-007-0413-z

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Keywords

  • Whiplash
  • Injury
  • Nerves
  • Long thoracic
  • Spinal accessory