Hangman fracture

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[edit] Discussion of Hangman fracture

  • Bilateral lamina and pedicle fracture at C2.
  • Usually associated with anterolithesis of C2 on C3.

[edit] Cause of Hangman fracture

  • Hyper-extension of the neck.
  • This is a classic finding in the case of a hanging, as C2 is fractured as a result of the hyper-extension undergone by the neck as the body drops.

[edit] Imaging Findings for Hangman fracture

  • As above.

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