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J Intern Med. 1997 Apr;241(4):333-5.

Internal jugular vein thrombosis after cervical traction.

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Department of Internal Medicine, St Lucas Andreas Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


A clinically and roentgenographically typical case of internal jugular vein thrombosis is presented in a patient having undergone repeated sessions of Glisson traction for neck and backache. In this mode of therapy, axial traction is applied to the neck by attaching a weight, via a pulley, to a construction of straps encompassing the head. This particular trauma to the neck has not previously been described to be associated with spontaneous internal jugular vein thrombosis.

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