A 42-year-old man reported to our service with a 1-week history of vague cervical neck pain on a background history of a gelastic seizure disorder. Radiological imaging confirmed a type II hangman’s fracture through the C2 pedicle. A CT angiogram of carotid and vertebral arteries was normal, and the patient was managed with an occipitocervical fusion. The patient had no neurological insult and was discharged on day 5 with a Miami-J collar for 6 weeks. Although there are case report evidence of lumbar and thoracic vertebral fractures secondary to seizures, this is the first report of a spine injury resulting from a gelastic seizure.
- orthopaedic and trauma surgery
- spinal cord
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Contributors CMH: assisting operating surgeon, reporting of case write-up; MNB: conception of case report design, accumulation of images, assistance in write-up; SC: assistance in write-up, assisting operating surgeon in case; FB: planning of write-up, consultant operating surgeon of case and project supervisor.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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