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Asymmetric odontoid process following high-speed road traffic accident
  1. A Owais1,
  2. K Sharif2,
  3. A Rehman3,
  4. T Nunn2
  1. 1
    FTSTA Surgery, Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough, Yorks, UK
  2. 2
    Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, Lincs, UK
  3. 3
    Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield, Yorks, UK
  1. Dr T Nunn, 14 Bolsover Close, Garforth, Leeds LS25 2NG, Yorks, UK; timrachnunn{at}

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A patient who sustained a flexion/lateral bending cervical spine injury presented with an asymmetric odontoid process. The asymmetry was confirmed on computed tomography (CT) and shown on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to be due to a unilateral alar ligament injury. The finding …

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