Safe management of acute cervical spine injuries

  • Cervical spine injuries are frequent and often caused by a blunt trauma mechanism. They can have severe consequences, with a high mortality rate and a high rate of neurological lesions.Diagnosis is a three-step process: 1) risk assessment according to the history and clinical features, guided by a clinical decision rule such as the Canadian C-Spine rule; 2) imaging if needed; 3) classification of the injury according to different classification systems in the different regions of the cervical spine.The urgency of treatment is dependent on the presence of a neurological lesion and/or instability. The treatment strategy depends on the morphological criteria as defined by the classification.

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Author:Philipp Schleicher, Andreas Pingel, Frank Kandziora
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Parent Title (English):EFORT open reviews
Publisher:The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/05/21
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/07/03
Tag:cervical spine; trauma
Page Number:11
First Page:347
Last Page:357
Open access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed.
Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 4.0