Traumatic craniocervical junction ligamentous and brain stem injuries and retroclival hematoma: unusual combination of craniocervical junction injuries
Cifci, Bilal Egemen
Cifci, Gokcen Coban
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Cervical spine injuries are common in pediatric population and usually seen in craniocervical junction due to the anatomical and physiological differences. Combination of rapid hyperextension/hyperflexion traumas due to highspeed motor vehicle accident are known to be the reason of ligamentous injury and retroclival epidural hematoma. Our aim is to describe a rare combination injury of the the apical ligament, retroclival epidural hematoma and the suspicion of brain stem slits, due to rapid hyperextension/hyperflexion and rotational trauma with high-speed motor vehicle accident in a 3 year 8 month old girl. The cervical spine was immobilized with a Philadelphia collar. She is still under treatment in the pediatric intensive care unit with a Glascow Coma Scale of 8 for six months.