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Flexion and Extension Views

What if no fracture is seen on initial films and pain is present?

Flexion and extension views may be used if a pure soft tissue injury is suspected or an injury of questionable stability is noted. The patient should perform the flexion and extension voluntarily. Flexion/extension views are absolutely contraindicated in documented unstable injuries.

(This patient has a old nonunion dens fracture)

Question: Is this film an adequate lateral film? (push buttom for answer)

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