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Traumatic occipital condyle fractures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11086742     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Trauma to the brain or calvaria may cause some cranial nerve damage. This may be transitory or permanent. Occipital condyle fracture (OCF) is a rarely encountered pathology not easily diagnosed by routine clinical and radiological evaluation and one of the causes of lower cranial nerve disability. Frequently, the hypoglossal nerve is involved. Here we present two cases of OCF caused by motor vehicle accidents. Both of the patients complained of dysphagia and voice disturbance. After detailed neurologic and radiologic evaluation, they were diagnosed with OCF. They were both treated conservatively. OCF as a cause of lower cranial nerve damage is rarely reported. Since it is hard to diagnose OCF by routine cranial and cervical evaluation, detailed radiological study in suspected cases is a must. Since one of our patients was admitted 6 years after the trauma, this article is also noteworthy as a report on radiological changes of the OCF.
B Cirak; G Akpinar; S Palaoglu
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgical review     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0344-5607     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosurg Rev     Publication Date:  2000 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-12     Completed Date:  2001-02-22     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7908181     Medline TA:  Neurosurg Rev     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  161-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Yuzuncu Yil Universitesi, Tip Fakultesi Arastirma Hastanesi, Beyin Cerrahisi, Van, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Cranial Nerve Diseases / etiology
Middle Aged
Occipital Bone / injuries*,  radiography
Skull Fractures / complications,  radiography*

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