• 1 Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan
  • 2 Hospital Kuala Lipis


Cervical spine injury is commonly associated with
road-traffic accidents. The true incidence of cervical
spine injuries is unknown due to under-reporting of
such injuries. Cervical spine injury is associated with
high morbidity and mortality if it is missed. With the
advancement of imaging modalities, the number of
missed cervical injuries has reduced. Nevertheless, some
clinicians are dependent solely on imaging tools to rule
out cervical spine injury in a trauma victim. We report
two cases of “near miss” C6 fracture to highlight the
importance of a detailed clinical history and clinical
examination with imaging as an adjunct to rule out
cervical injury.