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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-83

Missed chance fracture of lumbar vertebra presenting as cauda equina syndrome: A case report and review of literature


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics and Spinal Surgery, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Sree Gokulam Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
A Shiju Majeed
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics and Spinal Surgery, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10039-1016

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Chance fractures of the thoracolumbar spine are being increasingly reported due to the increase in motor vehicle accidents. These are often missed injuries unless careful attention is paid to clinical examination and analysis of various imaging modalities. This can result in grave neurological complications. Here, we report a case of missed Chance fracture in a 55-year-old male which went on to develop cauda equina syndrome. A review of literature and radiological signs which should be looked into for avoiding missing such injuries are presented.


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