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dc.contributor.authorFreeman, B.-
dc.contributor.authorBehensky, H.-
dc.identifier.citationInjury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured, 2005; 36(1):207-212-
dc.description.abstractInjuries to the occipito-cervical junction are rare and not easily diagnosed on conventional radiographs. The authors report such a case where the diagnosis was delayed. The patient developed a significant retrophyarngeal haematoma resulting in acute respiratory distress and required emergency endotracheal intubation. The patient remained intubated for five days and received a tapered dose of intravenous dexamethazone to reduce swelling in the proximity of the airway. At six weeks the patient had developed a left hypoglossal nerve palsy that persisted at 12 months. Occipital condyle fractures and the difficulties of diagnosis are discussed. The importance of measuring pre-vertebral soft tissue swelling on lateral radiographs is emphasized. Computed tomography of the C0–C2 region should be performed to identify base of skull and upper cervical fractures.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityBrian J. C. Freeman and Hannes Behensky-
dc.publisherElsevier Sci Ltd-
dc.subjectOccipital condyle fracture-
dc.subjectDelayed diagnosis-
dc.subjectRespiratory compromise-
dc.titleBilateral occipital condyle fractures leading to retropharyngeal haematoma and acute respiratory distress-
dc.typeJournal article-
dc.identifier.orcidFreeman, B. [0000-0003-0237-9707]-
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