Traumatic Vertical Cervical Distraction Injury

M. Sharma, E. Sieg

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Catastrophic subaxial vertical cervical distraction injury is rare. In this report, we present a 49-year-old male whose dreadlocks were caught in a drill press. His head was spun around, resulting in a degloving and distraction injury. He was unresponsive with a Glasgow Coma Scale score of 3T. He coded multiple times and underwent cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Computed tomography of the cervical spine showed a 4.8-cm vertical distraction of the spine at the C5-6 level and subglottic tracheal separation. Computed tomography of the head showed diffuse cerebral edema. Despite aggressive resuscitation, he did not survive this catastrophic injury. This is the first report of such subaxial vertical cervical distraction injury from the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-340
Number of pages2
JournalWorld neurosurgery
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Elsevier Inc.


  • Cervical
  • Distraction
  • Spine
  • Traumatic


Dive into the research topics of 'Traumatic Vertical Cervical Distraction Injury'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this