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August 1973

Hangman's Fracture in an Infant

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Neurosurgery and the Department of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland. Dr. Weiss is now with the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(2):268-269. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190238027

Fracture-dislocation of the cervical spine at C-2, C-3 (hangman's fracture) was associated with a spinal cord syndrome in a 12-month-old child. This was successfully managed by reduction and immobilization in Hoen's skeletal traction. There were pitfalls in the diagnosis and several reasons for this type of management.