Dissector of back                              Vertebrae anatomy    Cervical spine                 Vertebral search

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  • These are caused by sudden flexion of cervical spine as fall from height and landing on the side or back of head.
  • It causes simple compression, dislocation  and fracture dislocation.
  • Compression injuries of the cervical spine are rare and appear only below axis without damage to spinal cord.
  • Clear the airways
  • Cervical patient must be carried in prone position, especially if there is association with head injury.
  • If stable fracture, immobilize with cervical collar
  • If unstable use skull traction with calipers and apply at pull of 4-5 kg.
  • After initial recovery place in Minerva jacket for 3 months or 'halo' splint for 2 months.
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Cervical dislocation.
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Cervical dislocation with locked facet Cervical fracture-dislocation
 
 

 

 

 

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