Scarf-related hangman's fracture: A case report

Chiu, C.K.; Chan, C.Y.W.; Saw, L.B.; Kwan, M.K. (2010) Scarf-related hangman's fracture: A case report. European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, 36 (2). pp. 180-182. ISSN 1863-9933

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    Background: Injury to the cervical spine due to a scarf-associated accident has not been reported in the literature. We present a case of a hangman's fracture in a 43-year-old woman that resulted from a scarf-related injury as a consequence of a motor vehicle accident. Purpose: To identify the mechanism of a scarf-related injury causing Hangman's fracture. Case Report: A 43-year-old woman was involved in a motor vehicle accident. She was wearing a scarf, which is a common clothing accessory for women in Malaysia. The scarf was violently torn off her head during the injury, causing a type I hangman's fracture. A halo vest for a total period of 3 months was applied. Conclusion: A scarf-related injury can cause an injury that resembles judicial hanging, leading to a traumatic spondylolisthesis of the axis. Careful evaluation of the cervical spine radiographs is crucial as occult fracture of the axis can be missed.

    Item Type: Article
    1. Chiu, C.K.
    2. Chan, C.Y.W.
    3. Saw, L.B.
    4. Kwan, M.K.(Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
    Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery
    Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 587JR Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 6 Chiu, Chee-Kidd Chan, Chris Yin-Wei Saw, Lim-Beng Kwan, Mun-Keong Urban & vogel Munich
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Axis Hangman Spondylolisthesis Spine Trauma management and education traumatic spondylolisthesis axis
    Subjects: R Medicine
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Ms azrahani halim
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 12:58
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 12:58

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