Scarf-related hangman's fracture: A case report

Chiu, C.K. and Chan, C.Y.W. and Saw, L.B. and 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
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 04:58
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 04:58
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/11080

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