The pathological anatomy of fatal atlanto-occipital dislocations

R. W. Bucholz, W. Z. Burkhead

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Nine atlanto-occipital dislocations were found in postmortem examinations of 112 victims of multiple trauma. Axial traction facilitated roentgenographic identification of the injury. A hyperextension mechanism of injury was suggested by the associated injuries, including submental lacerations and mandibular fractures. Atlanto-occipital dislocations were more frequent in children than in adults. A pure dislocation injury without fracture was identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-250
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1979


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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