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Herniated spinal disc after treatment. Coloured frontal (left) and profile (right) X-rays of a section through the neck of a 51-year-old patient with a herniated (slipped) intervertebral disc between the C4-C5 cervical (neck) vertebrae, showing osteosynthesis screws and plates (white, centre) used to fix the C4-C5 vertebrae. Also seen are the fixings (white, bottom centre and centre left and right) of an orthopaedic collar used to support the head whilst the neck heals.
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