2/3 CERVICAL VERTEBRA - Fracture/dislocation

This shows the spinal column bisected to display a fracture/dislocation of the 2/3 vertebra, with compression of the cord by haemorrhage and disc material.
This woman at the age of 55 was, as a pedestrian, struck by a car; she suffered a compound fracture of both tibia, fracture of the right femur, a fracture/dislocation of the right elbow, fracture of the right hand and the lesion illustrated here. At autopsy there was a subcapsular haematoma in the liver, which also showed a nodule of focal hyperplasia (X5).