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Dysphagia and deformity after undetected odontoid fracture in elderly patients.
  1. M A Ishaque,
  2. N Mendoza,
  3. H A Crockard
  1. Department of Surgical Neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK.


    Trauma in elderly patients is often difficult to evaluate and neck injuries are probably more common than is documented. A case is described of a missed odontoid peg fracture with the unusual presentation of dysphagia and a rapidly developing cervicodorsal kyphos (head falling forward), which may well have been anticipated at several points in the management chain. The lessons to be learned are outlined, together with the subsequent management of this patient.

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