Spine Case 7 ED Management
All patients with suspected or confirmed hangman's fracture should be immobilized in hard cervical collars immediately. Complete radiolographic examination of the cervical spine via CT scan is indicated. A spine surgeon should be emergently consulted on all patients with hangman's fracture because definitive management varies depending upon the type of hangman's fracture. Definitive treatment can be a hard collar, skeletal traction, halo vest, or open reduction internal fixation, depending on the injury classification.