C-spine - C2/Axis - Normal v fracture

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C-spine - C2/Axis - Normal v fracture

  • The C2 (axis) lateral masses form a ring appearance when viewed on a lateral image
  • If this ring is incomplete then it may indicate a fracture

C-spine - Extension teardrop fracture

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C-spine - Extension teardrop fracture

  • Violent hyperextension of the neck has resulted in an oblique fracture through the body of C2
  • The anterior fracture fragment resembles a 'teardrop'

C-spine - Extension teardrop + second fracture

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C-spine - Extension teardrop + second fracture

  • Hear is another extension teardrop fracture
  • If you see one fracture - don't forget to look for another