Cervical Spine Injuries, Fractures and Whiplash - C5 C6 Herniation

Large Disc Herniation at C5 C6

Large disc herniation at C5-C6
Large disc herniation at C5–C6. At autopsy the cervical spine was intact, all specimen radiograms were normal. The nucleus pulposus is extruded through a rupture of the annulus, compressing the spinal cord against the lamina. Note ischemia and anterior spinal artery obliteration. Above and below the herniation, the epidural sinusoids are widened, forming large triangular venous compartments. The ligamentum flavum is avulsed from the C5–lamina. Multiple uncovertebral– and facet joint injuries and posterior annulus and ligamentum flavum ruptures were also found.

©2000 Wolfgang Rauschning, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Anatomy
Academic University Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Uppsala, Sweden
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Updated on: 02/01/10
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