mortician fracture

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mortician fracture


A popular term for any fracture caused by postmortem handling of a body by funeral or mortuary personnel. The classic mortician’s fracture is that of the cervical spine, which is due to hyperextension.

Such fractures have been misdiagnosed as significant lesions, but are differentiated therefrom by the lack of extravasated blood surrounding the broken bone. 

Synonym Postmortem fracture

Reference Post-mortem Pathology: A Manual of Post-mortem Examinations for Students and Practitioners, JP Lippincott, 1903

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