Jefferson Fracture in a Child – Illustrative Case Report

Marcus C. Korinth, Alexandra Kapser, Martin R. Weinzierl

In adults, atlas burst fractures (Jefferson fractures) are not uncommon. In the pediatric population, they are extremely rare, and only few cases have been reported so far. This article describes a case of a Jefferson fracture in a 7.5-year-old-boy after falling onto the top of his head, presenting solely with slight neck pain. In this rare case of a Jefferson fracture in a child monitored by radiological imaging techniques, important aspects of conservatively treated atlas burst fractures are illustrated. It underlines their benign character and favorable outcome with full functional recovery without any surgical intervention.

Paediatric Neurosurgery, 2007, 43(6), 526-530

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