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Chirurgia 2012 December;25(6):469-71

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A rare case of Clay-Shoveler’s fracture at the level of C7 and T1 vertebrae in a patient with dystonia: case report

Gokcedag A., Ofluoglu A. E., Emel E.

Bakirkoy Research and Training Hospital for Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 2nd Neurosurgery Clinic, Istanbul, Turkey


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Clay-shoveler’s fractures are generally the fractures of spinous processes of lower cervical and upper thoracal vertebrae caused by the shearing forces of back muscles and it is a rare entity. Dystonias are characterized by repetetive involuntary muscle contractions and abnormal postures. In this paper, we reported a rare case of clay-shoveler’s fracure in a dystonic patient at the level of spinous processes of C7 and T1 occured after a dystonic episode.

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