[Whiplash injuries with objective findings. Delayed diagnosis of fractures of the odontoid process].

  • Arnulf Hestnes
  • Published 1997 in
    Tidsskrift for den Norske lægeforening…

Abstract

Whiplash traumas are often looked upon as accidents that cause extensive symptomatology without the presence of objective findings. This article describes two patients who suffered a whiplash trauma where a serious pathological condition, in both cases a fracture of dens axis, was revealed after a long delay. The correct diagnosis was probably delayed by the belief that, despite florid symptoms, no objective signs are observed as a rule in cases of whiplash trauma. The author stresses the importance of assessing patients (also those with whiplash traumas) individually.

Cite this paper

@article{Hestnes1997WhiplashIW, title={[Whiplash injuries with objective findings. Delayed diagnosis of fractures of the odontoid process].}, author={Arnulf Hestnes}, journal={Tidsskrift for den Norske l{\ae}geforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny r{\ae}kke}, year={1997}, volume={117 1}, pages={21-2} }