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  Cervical Fracture - DynoMed.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The cervical vertebrae are the seven vertebrae that form the upper part of your spine, between the skull and the chest.
More severe fractures or fracture/dislocations may require manipulation or even surgery to return the bones to their normal position.  Traction may be used to align the bones and may be done in the hospital or with a halo type brace.  Plates and screws may be used with wires and bone grafts in some situations.
Surgical outcomes from cervical fracture are more complicated when there are several levels of injury, involving multiple disks, nerves, and vertebrae.  Each patient must be assessed carefully by an experienced orthopedic surgeon to determine the best course of treatment and rehabilitation for a neck injury.
www.dynomed.com /encyclopedia/encyclopedia/spine/cervical_fracture.html   (875 words)

 Encyclopedia: Cervical fracture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The cervical vertebrae support the head of a human and connect it to the shoulders and body.
A cervical fracture, or break, in one of the cervical vertebrae is commonly called a broken neck.
In the first course of treatment for cervical fracture, complete immobilization of the neck area is required.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Cervical-fracture   (863 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The diagnoses included residuals of a fracture of the cervical vertebra and post-traumatic cervical radiculopathy The veteran underwent a VA examination in January 1983.
In June 1983, the veteran's disability evaluation for residuals of a surgical fusion for fractures of the cervical spine was increased 30 percent.
Residuals of a fracture of a vertebra, without cord involvement and abnormal mobility requiring a neck brace are assigned evaluations based upon definite limited motion or muscle spasm, adding 10 percent for demonstrable deformity of the vertebral body.
www.va.gov /vetapp/files2/9413382.txt   (5308 words)

 Cervical Fracture
These are the cervical vertebrae, which support your head and connect it to the shoulders and body.
A fracture, or break, in one of the cervical vertebrae is commonly called a broken neck.
Cervical fractures usually result from high-energy trauma, such as automobile crashes or falls.
www.ortho-institute.org /Pages/Procedures/Neck_Cervical/Cervical_Fracture.html   (456 words)

 Cervical Spine Injuries in Olympic Athletes
Symptoms from cervical sprains or strains include localized (restricted to one area) tightness on one side of the neck that is associated with pain and limited motion in the neck.
Cervical nerve root impingement (pinching of the cervical nerve) results from a disc herniation (a protruding disc) or from a nerve entrapped between bony structures (Fig.
Cervical traction and a brief dose of oral corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and analgesics to relieve pain are usually effective treatment.
www.hughston.com /hha/a_14_1_1.htm   (1143 words)

 Education - X-Ray Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
It is unfortunate that many have extrapolated "diagnostic imaging" of the cervical spine to be synonymous with "protection." Patients are immobilized, often, for prolonged periods, bound to rigid uncomfortable equipment enduring the risk of aspiration and decubitus ulcers for fear of inadvertent iatrogenic injury to the spinal cord.
This incidence of an unstable cervical spine fracture in a patient who cannot communicate the presence or absence of neck pain and who has normal screening films which visualize the entire cervical spine is not known.
The incidence of injury to the cervical spine in patients with craniocerebral injury.
www.swsahs.nsw.gov.au /livtrauma/education/x-ray/cspline.asp   (3246 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
It is contended that the residuals of a cervical fracture are of such severity as to warrant a higher evaluation.
The appellant's residuals of a cervical fracture are manifested primarily by complaints of pain and stiffness in the neck, severe limitation of motion, traumatic arthritis, and slight anterior subluxation of C1 on C2 with fracture deformity at the base of the odontoid process of the C2 vertebra.
The appellant's neurologic residuals of the cervical fracture involving the left upper extremity (minor extremity) are manifested primarily by mild weakness and atrophy of the left upper extremity musculature, including mildly diminished handgrip strength.
www.va.gov /vetapp/files1/9405256.txt   (4089 words)

 Cervical Spine Fractures
A fracture (break) of the cervical spine is commonly referred to as a broken neck.
Cervical spine injuries may also occur during motor vehicle accidents when the head is violently jerked either backwards or forwards.
For example, the fractured vertebra may be fused to the healthy vertebra next to it, or it may be removed and replaced with a bone graft that is fused to the vertebrae on either side.
www.hughston.com /hha/a.cspine.htm   (574 words)

 eMedicine - Fractures, Cervical Spine : Article by Emilio Belaval, MD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
This fracture occurs when the head is hyperextended and the posterior neural arch of C1 is compressed between the occiput and the strong and prominent spinous process of C2, causing the weak posterior arch of C1 to fracture (see Image 8A).
Radiographically, this fracture is evidenced by a vertical fracture line in the frontal projection and by comminution and protrusion of the vertebral body anteriorly and posteriorly with respect to the contiguous vertebrae in the lateral view (see Image 9).
Burst fracture of vertebral body caused by a vertical (axial) compression mechanism is stable mechanically and involves disruption of the anterior and middle columns, with variable degree of protrusion of the latter.
www.emedicine.com /emerg/topic189.htm   (6591 words)

 Cervical fracture Definition / Cervical fracture Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A cervical fracture, or break, in one of the cervical vertebrae is commonly named a broken neck.
cervical fracture is the same as that for lower cervical vertebrae.
cervical fracture is a break in the vertebrae in the neck.
www.elresearch.com /Cervical_fracture   (169 words)

 The Physician and Sportsmedicine: An Occult Cervical Spine Fracture
Most sports-related fractures and dislocations of the cervical spine occur in the lower cervical segment, C-4 to C-7, and most of the severe injuries involve fractures of the vertebral body with varying degrees of compression or comminution (5).
The general rule in every cervical spine trauma case is to obtain two x-rays at 90° angles to one another (10), because perpendicular views minimize the chance of missing fractures present in just one plane.
Cervical spine trauma is a fairly common consequence of motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports-related activities.
www.physsportsmed.com /issues/1997/12dec/khosla.htm   (1717 words)

 Postmenopausal; Trochanteric-cervical fractures; Ultrasound.
The difference in the BUA among the cases with trochanteric fractures and osteoarthrosis of the knees and the cases with cervical fracture and osteoarthrosis was tested using the t-test (Student's).
The BUA in the cases with trochanteric fracture was 41 ± 11 dB/MHz and 39 ± 11 in the cases with cervical fracture.
It is interesting to note that 35.5% (16/45) of the patients with trochanteric fracture were suffering from osteoarthrosis of the knee with marked limitation of the knee movements and weakness of the muscles of the thigh.
www.diavlos.gr /orto96/ortowww/okkrerg3.htm   (1961 words)

 Cervical Fracture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
There are seven cervical vertebrae in the neck that support your head and connect it to the shoulders and body.
Compression Fracture of Cervical Spine Piran Aliabadi, MD B Leonard Holman, MD November 8, 1995 A 25-year-old woman presents with neck pain after a fall.
Cervical fracture complicating ankylosing spondylitis: a report of eight cases and review of the literature.
www.health-nexus.com /cervical_fracture.htm   (293 words)

 TRAUMA.ORG: Classic Cases: Vertebral artery injury following cervical spine fracture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The association between cervical spine fractures and vertebral artery injury is well documented, although the true incidence of the condition and its significance remains unclear.
Imaging of the vertebral artery is not routine in cervical spine trauma, so those case reports in the literature tend to report only those patients presenting with neurologic deficits, as with this patient.
Patients with cervical spine fracture who have neurological deficits suggestive of vertebral artery injury, or those with high-risk fractures (involving the foramen transversarium) should undergo either conventional or magnetic resonance angiography.
www.trauma.org /cases/classic003.html   (516 words)

 Compression Fracture of Cervical Spine
The neck was placed in a cervical collar and the patient was transferred to the emergency department.
On lateral radiograph of the cervical spine with shoulder traction, the C7 vertebra is clearly visible.
The first plain film study for evaluation of the cervical spine in a patient after trauma is a lateral view in the cervical collar.
brighamrad.harvard.edu /Cases/bwh/hcache/122/full.html   (418 words)

 Cervical spine injury   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Hangman's fracture - fracture of the pars interarticularis of the axis.
Fracture dislocations - may resemble a flexion injury since the vertebral body is propelled forward and therefore appears as a flexion subluxation
Burst fracture - seen on the AP radiograph as a vertical fracture of the body and on the lateral as a commutation of the body with varying degrees of retropulsion of the body
www.5mcc.com /Assets/SUMMARY/TP0180.html   (315 words)

 Welcome to Research Psychiatric Center's Web Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A neck fracture is a break in one or more of the cervical bones (vertebrae in the neck).
A neck fracture is very serious and can lead to paralysis or possibly death.
A neck fracture is caused by severe trauma to the neck.
healthinfo.healthgate.com /getcontent.aspx?siteid=aa66204a-25fa-400b-8522-c4794d36e99f&docid=/dci/neckfracture&   (607 words)

 The Physician and Sportsmedicine: Cervical Fracture in a Nordic Skier
Spinal injuries in Nordic skiers are usually limited to either sacrococcygeal fractures or lumbosacral compression fractures from falling on the buttocks (1,2,8).
Despite cervical fracture and neurologic compromise, this patient was able to ski another mile to the nearest road.
Because the clinical presentation in the emergency department was not that of a typical cervical fracture, the patient was initially evaluated for a shoulder injury.
www.physsportsmed.com /issues/1999/12_99/floyd.htm   (1011 words)

 TRAUMA.ORG: Initial Assessment of Spinal Trauma   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Delayed or missed diagnosis is usually attributed to failure to suspect an injury to the cervical spine, or to inadequate cervical spine radiology and incorrect interpretation of radiographs.
An assessment for ligamentous injury in the absence of a fracture is also important, especially in unconscious patients who are unable to complain of neck pain or tenderness.
The epidemiology of fractures and fracture-dislocations of the cervical spine.
www.trauma.org /spine/cspine-eval.html   (696 words)

 Salt Lake Orthopaedic Clinic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
That's because the nerves that extend out from between the cervical vertebrae provide sensation and trigger movement in these areas, this condition is called cervical radiculopathy (ra-dick-you-lop'-a-thee).
Cervical spondylosis can lead to chronic pain and stiffness in the neck that may also radiate to the upper extremities (radiculopathy).
You may have to wear a soft cervical collar to help support the head and relieve pressure on the neck so the ligaments have time to heal.
www.sloc.org /edneck.htm   (2777 words)

 eMedicine - Cervical Spine Acute Bony Injuries : Article by George L Hertner, MD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Fracture may occur at the base of the superior articular mass of the inferior vertebrae, or fracture may occur at the base of the inferior mass of the superior dislocated vertebrae.)
This fracture is often associated with rupture of the transverse ligament.
After cervical fracture, a change of sports or activity modification may be needed to prevent reinjury.
www.emedicine.com /sports/topic22.htm   (4483 words)

 Cervical Spine Screening with CT in Trauma Patients: A Cost-effectiveness Analysis -- Blackmore et al. 212 (1): 117 -- ...
Cervical spine screening with either radiography or CT follows head CT. If the radiograph or CT scan is inadequate or abnormal, then the patient will undergo a full CT examination after radiographic evaluation of the remainder of the spine.
The patient may have a fracture that is either detected or missed at screening, as defined by the sensitivity of the test.
Fractures and dislocations of the cervical spine: an end-result study.
radiology.rsnajnls.org /cgi/content/full/212/1/117   (6307 words)

 CHEST: Pleural thickening and a cervical spine fracture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A lateral cervical spine radiograph (Fig 2) revealed a C-4 vertebral fracture with posterior dislocation.
Computed tomography of the cervical spine revealed complete destruction of the anterior half of the fourth vertebral body and left transverse process with preservation of the remaining vertebrae.
Tuberculosis of the lower cervical spine (C2 to C7): a report on 40 cases.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0984/is_n1_v104/ai_14151086   (761 words)

 Post-accident Cervical Fracture with Halo Stabilization - Medical Illustration
This medical exhibit shows elements of the fixation and stabilization of a C2 odontoid process fracture (hangman's fracture).
It features multiple views of the C2 vertebrae detailing the fractures and their close proximity to the spinal cord.
Cervical Spine Fracture with Halo Stabilization - exh41105b
www.doereport.com /generateexhibit.php?ID=1097   (391 words)

 Missed Cervical Spine Fracture-dislocations: The Importance of Clinical and Radiographic Assessment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The patient visited a chiropractic clinic 6 days later, where x-ray films were again obtained, finding that the patient sustained fractures of C5 and C6, as well as a bilateral facet dislocation at C5/C6.
Chiropractors are encouraged to perform a comprehensive evaluation of patients presenting with cervical trauma even if they have had prior x-ray films reported as normal.
Standard x-ray films taken at emergency department facilities are not entirely reliable for detecting or revealing cervical spine fracture-dislocations.
www.chiro.org /cases/ABSTRACTS/Missed_Cervical_Spine_Fracture.html   (341 words)

 Use of the McCoy laryngoscope in patients with suspected cervical spine fracture -- Carley and Butler 17 (5): 364 -- ...
Use of the McCoy laryngoscope in patients with suspected cervical spine fracture
in the patient in whom a cervical spine injury is suspected.
The use of the McCoy laryngoscope in patients with simulated cervical spine injuries.
emj.bmjjournals.com /cgi/content/full/17/5/364-a   (334 words)

 Lag screw stabilization of a cervical vertebral fracture by use of computed tomography in a horse.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Lag screw stabilization of a cervical vertebral fracture by use of computed tomography in a horse.
TYPE: JOURNAL ARTICLE ABSTRACT: A traumatic fracture of C2 was diagnosed radiographically in a 1-year-old German Warm-blood stallion.
Fracture configuration was difficult to see on survey radiographs.
www.cureparalysis.org /abstracts/3/data11.html   (213 words)

 Cervical fracture, decapitation, and vehicle-assisted suicide. Byard RW, Gilbert JD . 2002;47(2): 392-394.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
In both cases the victims had tied ropes between stationary objects and their necks and then attempted to drive their vehicles away.
The speed with which the vehicles were driven resulted in forces great enough to cause fracture-dislocation of the cervical spine in Case 1 and virtual decapitation in Case 2.
Although inadvertent alteration of the death scene in Case 1, with removal of the rope, complicated the initial assessment, the extent of soft tissue and bony injuries was such that ligature strangulation appeared unlikely.
aafs.micronexx.com /jofs/PAGES/3821.htm   (142 words)

 Spinous Process Fracture of Cervical Vertebral Body   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A complete cervical spine radiograph series, including lateral views with flexion and extension, was obtained.
The patient was treated for an avulsion fracture of the C7 spinous process.
An avulsion fracture of the spinous process of the lower cervical vertebra and T1 (C7, C6 and T1, in order of frequency) is called a "clay shoveler's fracture".
brighamrad.harvard.edu /Cases/bwh/hcache/123/full.html   (260 words)

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