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Anterior longitudinal ligament rupture (spinal)

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Hyperextension may tear the anterior longitudinal ligament. There is no fracture but an extension X-ray film shows a gap between the two vertebral bodies. This is most common in the cervical spine.

Neurological damage is variable. The injury is stable in flexion and is treated using a cervical collar for 6 weeks.

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