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Subaxial cervical spine injuries 

Subaxial cervical spine injuries
Subaxial cervical spine injuries

Sergio Mendoza-Lattes

and Charles R. Clark

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date: 27 January 2022

The spine study group classification describes three families of fractures

Clinical examination can exclude a cervical spine injury in a non-distracted conscious patient without pain and neurological deficit

CT scan is the investigation of choice where fracture is suspected

Pure ligamentous injuries are rare

Priorities are immobilization and assessment, reduction of dislocations and then surgical decompression and stabilization.

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