Longitudinal Clival Fracture in a Child: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Gulen B., Serinken M., Karcioglu O., Kucukdagli O. T.

Pediatric Emergency Care, vol.34, no.4, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/pec.0000000000001465
  • Journal Name: Pediatric Emergency Care
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: clival fracture, computed tomography, diagnosis, head trauma
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Clival fracture is a rare and serious injury, which mostly results in the death of the victim before reaching the hospital. The entity is hardly diagnosed in the early phase because of high mortality rates and deficiencies in completion of radiological imaging. The incidence of diagnoses increased year by year after the usage of computed tomography gained widespread availability. In this article, we aimed to present radiological and clinical characteristics of a 5-year-old patient brought to the emergency department after a motor vehicle accident. The most current recommendations with regard to the management of clival fracture of a pediatric patient are also discussed.