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Jefferson's fracture

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Fracture of the upper cervical vertebra (atlas). Due to sudden violent axial pressure on the skull with the fragments moving from each other laterally. May cause symptoms of spinal compression.


  • G. Jefferson:
    Fracture of the atlas vertebra: report of four cases, and a review of those previously recorded.
    British Journal of Surgery, London, 1920, 7: 407-22.

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