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Cervical Spine Trauma 

Cervical Spine Trauma
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Cervical Spine Trauma
Author(s):

Jay S. Reidler

, Amit Jain

, and A. Jay Khanna

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199350940.003.0007
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date: 15 December 2019

This chapter discusses the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic injuries to the cervical spine. It describes key aspects of the history and physical examination when evaluating patients with suspected cervical spine injuries. Further, it outlines indications for applying cervical collars, steps involved in clearing/removing cervical collars, and recommendations for initial radiographic imaging. Neurologic injuries associated with cervical spine trauma, ranging from “stingers” to complete spinal cord injuries, are described. Common vertebral fracture and dislocation patterns are defined and organized to assist with diagnosis and treatment.

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