Traumatic cervical spine injury during sexual activity

Journal Article

Abstract Sexual activity is unlikely to result in spinal injuries. We present the first case of a cervical fracture-subluxation and spinal cord injury following sexual activity. This 31-year-old female presented to the emergency room with neck pain and quadriparesis, following sexual activity in an extreme position. Imaging revealed a hyperflexion cervical fracture-subluxation injury, requiring reduction by traction, followed by circumferential surgical fixation. At 6 months postoperatively, she reported baseline return of function. This case demonstrates that sex-induced spinal injuries are possible and may require urgent surgical treatment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davidson, C; Crutcher, CL; Tender, GC

Published Date

  • June 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2019 / 6

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2042-8812

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/jscr/rjz202


  • en