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Atlas: standard diagnostic tests for an unusual fracture
  1. S Leigh-Smith1,
  2. R Price2,
  3. D Summers3
  1. 1Defence Medical Services, Gosport, UK
  2. 2Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3Department of Neuroradiology, Western General Hospital
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr S Leigh-Smith
 c/o Monckton House, Alverstoke, Gosport PO12 2DL, UK;


The case is reported of an unusual atlas fracture with no reports of such an injury in the literature. The diagnosis of this injury emphasises the importance of simple clinical decision instruments, and systematic interpretation of investigations.

  • imaging
  • fractures
  • diagnosticests

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