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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    Abstract

    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
    Creators:
    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
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/11080

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