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Vertebral Artery Injuries in Road Traffic Accidents: A Post-mortem Study

Authors
Journal
Journal of the Forensic Science Society
0015-7368
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0015-7368(86)72496-1
Keywords
  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • Neck Injuries
  • Vertebral Artery Trauma
  • Cervical Spine Trauma

Abstract

Abstract Thirty-two fatally injured road traffic accident victims with posterior neck injuries were examined specifically for vertebral artery trauma using detailed post-mortem techniques. Such injuries were found in 10 cases (31%), half of which were in pedestrians. From the author's study, the possible role that such injuries may have played in morbidity or mortality could not be assessed in isolation. Nevertheless, the high incidence found, together with supporting clinical evidence from other case studies, indicates that the risk of such injuries occurring in suspected neck injury cases is high, and furthermore, may lead to considerable morbidity if initially unrecognised.

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