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Straight cervical spine. Coloured computed tomography (CT) scan of the neck of 26 year old. This patient presented with neck pain. The scan shows that the cervical (neck) spine is straight, as opposed to having its normal inward curve. This could be caused by muscle or tendon damage. A proportion of the population naturally have a straight cervical spine, which can also lead to neck pain and stiffness. Treatment is with analgesic drugs and rest.
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