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Fractures of the spine in children 

Fractures of the spine in children
Fractures of the spine in children

James Wilson-MacDonald

and Colin Nnadi

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date: 26 May 2022

Spinal injuries in children are rare

Pseudosubluxation above C4 is common in healthy children so the sign needs careful interpretation

Epiphyseal plates and a high incidence of skeletal variability make the interpretation of spinal x-rays in children difficult. Anterior wedging is also normal as is interpedicular widening

Spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA) may occur for up to one-third of spinal injuries in children

Deformity secondary to trauma tends to deteriorate with growth.

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