Multiple–level uncovertebral injuries
between C2 and C5. At autopsy a rupture of the brain stem was found.
The ligamentum flavum is ruptured at both C2–C3 and C3–C4. The
anterior epidural space is partly filled with the embedding medium.
Wide venous sinusoid spaces surround the root sleeves. Note that the
C3 root is avulsed and displaced anteriorly and inferiorly. In
addition, multiple–level facet joint injuries and posterior annulus
fibrosus avulsions and a large disc herniation and several
ligamentum flavum ruptures were found in this specimen.
©2000 Wolfgang Rauschning, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Anatomy
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
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