Unstable Cervical Trauma and Traumatic Conditions Inducing Neurological Complications as Investigated by CT-Scanning

  • P. Capesius
  • M. C. Kaiser


One of the main advantages of CT-scanning in traumatic conditions of the cervical spine resides in the fact that CT investigations may easily be carried out during the acute stage of the trauma as only minimal patient movement is necessary, soft tissue and bone structures being equally well shown during one visit to the Radiology Department only [1, 6, 8]. As a general rule CT-scanning is performed as a complementary investigation after careful appreciation of conventional X-rays. In most of the cases CT obviates the need for myelography at this stage, intrathecal contrast injection should only be performed whenever avulsion of the brachial plexus is suspected in a view to perform CT myelography [2]. In those cases the injection of contrast may be performed using the latero-cervical approach between C 1 and C 2, the patient remaining in a supine position.


Cervical Spine Brachial Plexus Posterior Arch Vertebral Rotation Spinal Epidural Hematoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Capesius
    • 1
  • M. C. Kaiser
    • 1
  1. 1.LuxembourgGrand-Duchy of Luxembourg

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