Avulsion Fractures

The anterior longitudinal ligament provides a high degree of stability to the cervical spine.

Disruption of this may cause avulsion fractures to the end plates of the cervical vertebrae.

Although their appearance on x-ray may appear trivial, these are potentially unstable injuries and require further evaluation.

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Fig 1: Avulsion C6 superior end plate AP Fig 2: Avulsion C6 superior end plate lateral