Multiple disc ruptures at C5–C6. No neck
injuries were found at autopsy. Anteriorly the annulus fibrosus is
avulsed from the apophyseal rim (rim lesion). The anterior
longitudinal ligament is intact and severed from the outer annulus.
Posteriorly a smaller annulus avulsion is associated with a large
inner annulus rupture that extends into the nucleus pulposus. A
hematoma tracks underneath the intact posterior longitudinal
ligament. In addition, a C6 facet joint fracture, an odontoid
process fracture and multiple–level uncovertebral injuries were
found in this specimen. |
©2000 Wolfgang Rauschning, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Anatomy
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
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