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J Orthop Case Rep



Delayed Diagnosis and Management of Traumatic Cervical Spine Subluxation.


Elsissy J, Kutzner A, Danisa O
J Orthop Case Rep. 2019; 9(4):84-87.
PMID: 32405496.


Traumatic cervical instability, which includes bilateral facet dislocation, unilateral facet dislocation, and bilateral facet perch or subluxation, is generally treated expeditiously. Treatment is focused on providing stability of the cervical spine and mitigating sequelae such as spinal cord injury, nerve injury, cervical deformity, chronic pain, and even death. Surgical stabilization of traumatic bilateral cervical facet subluxation is the norm. There is not much-published literature concerning late treatment of neglected cervical facet subluxations or dislocations.