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A Diver's Nightmare

Author: BuMin Kong, MD
Peer-Reviewer: Mark Hopkins, MD
Final Editor: Alex Tomesch, MD

A 27 year old male presents with neck pain after diving headfirst into shallow waters. He has midline tenderness and a normal neurological exam. CT of the cervical spine is shown below.

Case courtesy of Dr Andrew Dixon,, rID: 9601


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