The posteriorly tilted dens A normal variation mimicking a fractured dens

L. E. Swischuk, C. K. Hayden, M. Sarwar

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The normal dens occasionally can be posteriorly tilted and in such cases, can mimic a fractured, posteriorly tilted, dens. Differentiation of the two conditions depends on: [1] knowledge that this normal variation of the dens occurs, and [2] demonstrating that no fracture exists. In many cases, this latter determination can be accomplished on plain films, but in other cases, laminography is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-28
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1979



  • Cervical spine
  • Dens
  • Normal variation
  • Posteriorly tilted dens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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