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Monthly Archives: June 2000

Exacerbating cervical spine injury by applying a hard collar.

Published: June 16, 2000

Neck immobilisation is vital in patients with suspected Cervical spine injuries and generally involves applying a hard cervical collar–usually by ambulance crew, nurses, or junior doctors. We present the case of a patient with ankylosing spondylitis who sustained a cervical fracture but had no cord injury initially. He became quadriplegic after a hard collar was applied in the emergency department, and he subsequently died.

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