Radiology ReviewAugust, 2008
A 69-year-old man is admitted by the trauma service for observation after sustaining a ground-level fall. He was intoxicated at the time, and upon arrival at the emergency center, he expressed generalized complaints of soreness, especially on the left side of his face. His vital signs are stable, and he denies any significant medical history.
Physical exam reveals a small contusion on his forehead, with some other abrasions and moderate soft-tissue swelling around his left eye. Otherwise, his exam is unremarkable. He denies any neck or back pain and is neurologically intact. A flexion view of the cervical spine is shown.