Physeal injuries of the cervical spine

J. P. Lawson, J. A. Ogden, R. W. Bucholz, S. A. Hughes

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Four cases of cervical spine growth plate ("ring apophysis") injury are described. Two nonfatal injuries involved anterior displacement of a portion of the inferior physis and epiphyseal ossification center in the lower cervical spine. Neither injury was associated with neurological damage. Follow-up roentgenograms demonstrated healing, but with a spur-like prominence in one patient. A third patient sustained a fatal separation through the inferior end plate of C2. The fourth patient sustained a complete separation of C6 from C7. These injuries are correlated with pathologic specimens and normal developmental anatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-435
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1987


  • Cervical spine
  • Growth plate injury
  • Physeal injuries
  • Ring apophysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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