Occipital condyle fractures are typically the result of motor vehicle accidents.
If undetected, these fractures may have very unfavorable long term consequences.
Diagnosis is made using CT imaging, and if there is any doubt about the diagnosis, MRI.
These fractures are mainly treated with a color and less often with occipitocervical fusion.
Typically the patients present with loss of consciousness (80% of the cases) and less frequently (30% of the cases) with lower cranial nerve palsy.
Further clincial findings include: