Multiple contiguous cervicothoracic Clay-shoveler’s fractures (From C6 to T9 spinal vertebrae)
Ali Akhaddar, Cherkaoui Mandour
The Pan African Medical Journal. 2013;16:128. doi:10.11604/pamj.2013.16.128.3531

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Multiple contiguous cervicothoracic Clay-shoveler’s fractures (From C6 to T9 spinal vertebrae)

Cite this: The Pan African Medical Journal. 2013;16:128. doi:10.11604/pamj.2013.16.128.3531

Received: 02/11/2013 - Accepted: 01/12/2013 - Published: 02/12/2013

Key words: Clay-shoveler fractures, vertebra, spine

© Ali Akhaddar et al. The Pan African Medical Journal - ISSN 1937-8688. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Corresponding author: Ali Akhaddar, Department of Neurosurgery, Avicenne Military Hospital, Marrakech, Morocco (akhaddar@hotmail.fr)


Multiple contiguous cervicothoracic Clay-shoveler’s fractures (From C6 to T9 spinal vertebrae)

 

Ali Akhaddar1,2,&, Cherkaoui Mandour2

 

1Department of Neurosurgery, Avicenne Military Hospital, Marrakech, Morocco, 2Department of Neurosurgery, Mohammed V Military Teaching Hospital,University of Mohammed V Souissi, Rabat, Morocco

 

 

&Corresponding author
Ali Akhaddar, Department of Neurosurgery, Avicenne Military Hospital, Marrakech, Morocco

 

 

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Clay-shoveler's fracture is an avulsion fracture of one or more spinous processes of the lower cervical and/or upper thoracic vertebra. The site of fracture is most commonly C6, C7 or T1 but it occurs rarely at multiple levels. More often the mechanism is a combination of direct impact and hyperflexion of the neck. It concerns healthy individuals with no history of prior disease. These injuries are known to be stable but painful at the cervicothoracic site without neurological symptoms. In most patients, immobilization of the neck with a cervical collar and restriction of physical activity for 1 to 2 months frequently result in pain relief. This 29-year-old woman was admitted following a road traffic accident. She had severe neck and posterior thoracic pain with radiation to the bilateral shoulder regions. Physical examination revealed tenderness over the posterior cervicothoracic spine without neurological deficit. Computed Tomography (CT) scan of the spine revealed isolated fractures of the spinous processes interesting eleven adjacent levels from C6 to T9 spinal vertebrae without any other traumatic bony lesions. Conservative treatment was administered (analgesic therapy and muscle relaxant) and immobilization was maintained for 6 weeks followed by a good outcome.

Figure 1: A, B) Spinal sagittal cervicothoracic CT-scan with 3D bony reconstruction; C)contiguous isolated fractures of the spinous processes from C6 to T9 spinal vertebrae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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