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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008 Aug 2;152(31):1743-5.

[A 65-year-old patient with an odontoid fracture caused by 'headbanging'].

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  • 1Martini Ziekenhuis, afd. Orthopedie, Postbus 30.033, 9700 RM Groningen.


A 65-year-old woman who habitually made flexion-extension movements with her cervical vertebral column (so-called 'headbanging') was seen with complaints of the neck. X-rays of the neck revealed an odontoid fracture. Bone densitometry revealed lowered bone mineral density (osteopenia). The diagnosis was odontoid fracture due to headbanging, in the presence of osteopenia. Patient recovered after treatment with a neck collar worn for 6 months.

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