SPINAL CORD - Transection

This shows the cerebellar hemispheres and the brain stem showing extensive subarachnoid haemorrhage. The cut surface of the upper part of the spinal cord shows an area of haemorrhagic softening on the right hand side.
This child, at the age of 4, was apparently hit by a car and died shortly after admission to hospital. Examination showed extensive abrasions and bruises of the upper part of the body, and a fracture/dislocation of the 1/2 second cervical spine. At autopsy, there was extensive bruising in the retropharyngeal area, a linear fracture of the left supraorbital plane, and a complete transection of the cervical cord just as it emerged from the foramen magnum.