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The Tooth of the Cervical Spine

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

An 80 year-old male patient BIBA for a witnessed fall. Cervical collar was placed by EMS because of midline neck pain. Patient is neurologically intact. CT of the cervical spine is shown below.

Image 1. Case courtesy of Dr Talal F M Abdullah,, rID: 58030



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