Jefferson's fracture

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Fracture of the upper cervical vertebra (atlas).

Description

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.

Bibliography

  • 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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