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Cervical spine trauma

Xiao Wu, Ajay Malhotra, Bertie Geng, Vivek B Kalra, Khalid Abbed, Howard P Forman, Pina Sanelli
Importance: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) continues to be performed for cervical clearance of obtunded blunt trauma, despite poor evidence regarding its utility after a normal computed tomographic (CT) finding. Objective: To evaluate the utility and cost-effectiveness of MRI vs no follow-up after a normal cervical CT finding in patients with obtunded blunt trauma. Design, Setting and Participants: This cost-effectiveness analysis evaluated an average patient aged 40 years with blunt trauma from an institutional practice...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Catherine M Kuza, Monica S Vavilala, Rebecca M Speck, Richard P Dutton, Maureen McCunn
BACKGROUND: Few trauma guidelines evaluate and recommend anesthesiology practices and there are no trauma anesthesia-specific guidelines. There is no information on how anesthesiologists perceive clinical practice patterns. Our objective was to understand the perceptions of anesthesiologists regarding trauma anesthesia practices. METHODS: A survey assessing anesthesia management of trauma patients was distributed to 21,491 anesthesiologists. A subset of 10 of these questions was subsequently reviewed by a trauma anesthesiology focus group through a 3-round web-based Delphi process...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Ji-Hui Zhang, Liu-Jun Zhao
Instability of the cervical spine disease requires surgery to restore stability. In the past, surgical methods were divided into two kinds of anterior and posterior. But each has its own disadvantages:anterior vertebral screw has a higher failure rate, sometimes need a second operation; and posterior pedicle screw, lateral mass screw and facet joint screw may make greater trauma, lead to longer hospitalization. For general instable cervical spine disease, according to the location of the disease, only with the anterior or posterior approach can achieve a stable effect...
January 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Daniel Novick, Raina Wallace, Jody C DiGiacomo, Anand Kumar, Steven Lev, L D George Angus
BACKGROUND: The newest CT scanners provide resolution comparable to MRIs leading many to question when and whether cervical spine MRIs are warranted. METHODS: An 8 year retrospective review identified 241 patients who underwent CT scan and MRI of the cervical spine. The initial clinical examination, cervical spine CT scan, and cervical spine MRI were compared to identify cervical spine injuries that would have been missed had the MRI not been performed. RESULTS: The CT scans were normal in 153 patients, and abnormal in 88...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Paul S Page, Zhikui Wei, Nathaniel P Brooks
OBJECTIVE Motorcycle helmets have been shown to decrease the incidence and severity of traumatic brain injury due to motorcycle crashes. Despite this proven efficacy, some previous reports and speculation suggest that helmet use is associated with a higher likelihood of cervical spine injury (CSI). In this study, the authors examine 1061 cases of motorcycle crash victims who were treated during a 5-year period at a Level 1 trauma center to investigate the association of helmet use with the incidence and severity of CSI...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Jing Wang, Adam E M Eltorai, J Mason DePasse, Wesley Durand, Daniel Reid, Alan H Daniels
BACKGROUND: Cervical spine injuries are a common cause of morbidity and mortality, but optimal treatment is debated. Prior studies showed substantial variation in treatment. We examined treatment variation in arthrodesis and halo/tong placement in cervical spine injury patients. METHODS: We used the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project National Inpatient Sample, 2000-2011. Patients were identified based on International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision diagnosis codes...
February 28, 2018: World Neurosurgery
A Taha, S L M Bakker
In patients with pre-existent cervical spinal canal stenosis, minimal trauma, leading to neck hyperextension, can cause a significant increase of spinal cord compression. However, spinal cord injury is generally associated with major trauma and is usually not expected in patients with minor trauma. The resulting symptoms are diverse, making it even more difficult to diagnose. To illustrate the variety in symptoms at presentation, we describe two male patients aged 66 and 69. Rapid diagnosis is important as acute neurosurgical intervention may be indicated...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Ravi K Grandhi, Alan David Kaye, Alaa Abd-Elsayed
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cervicogenic headache (CHA) is a secondary headache which has a source in the upper cervical spine. Many traditional analgesic choices lack good efficacy in managing the associated pain. As a result, in management of CHA, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or pulse radiofrequency (PRF) has been tried with success. Our study investigated the use of RFA and PRF for the management of CHA. RECENT FINDINGS: In the present investigation, a review of the literature was conducted using PubMed (1966 to February 2017)...
February 23, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
M Katherine Henry, Benjamin French, Chris Feudtner, Mark R Zonfrillo, Daniel M Lindberg, James D Anderst, Rachel P Berger, Joanne N Wood
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) practices and cervical spine injuries among young children with non-motor vehicle crash (MVC)-associated traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of a stratified, systematic random sample of 328 children younger than 2 years with non-MVC-associated TBI at 4 urban children's hospitals from 2008 to 2012. We defined TBI etiology as accidental, indeterminate, or abuse...
February 15, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Joseph Piatt, Nicholas Imperato
OBJECTIVE There has been no successful study of trends in population-based incidences of pediatric spinal injury in the United States. The goal of the current study was to develop robust data to correct this deficiency in contemporary trauma epidemiology. METHODS Discharges coded for spinal injury were extracted from the Kids' Inpatient Database for 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012 for patients younger than 18 years. Childhood was defined as ages 0 through 14 years and adolescence as ages 15, 16, and 17 years...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Ajay Malhotra, David Durand, Xiao Wu, Bertie Geng, Khalid Abbed, Diego B Nunez, Pina Sanelli
PURPOSE: To determine the utility of cervical spine MRI in blunt trauma evaluation for instability after a negative non-contrast cervical spine CT. METHODS: A review of medical records identified all adult patients with blunt trauma who underwent CT cervical spine followed by MRI within 48 h over a 33-month period. Utility of subsequent MRI was assessed in terms of findings and impact on outcome. RESULTS: A total of 1,271 patients with blunt cervical spine trauma underwent both cervical spine CT and MRI within 48 h; 1,080 patients were included in the study analysis...
February 15, 2018: European Radiology
Lívia Gaspar Fernandes, Alexandre Fogaça Cristante, Raphael Martus Marcon, Tarcísio Eloy Pessoa de Barros Filho, Olavo Biraghi Letaif
PURPOSE: Morphology measures of the odontoid process in children under 12 years old were carried out to demonstrate the viability of anterior internal fixation in this population once their active profile may not be compatible with successful conservative treatment. METHODS: During a 6-month period, 36 tomographic examinations of the cervical spine region that provided visualization of the odontoid process were selected. Group 1 included children between 6 and 9 years of age, and group 2 contained children from 9 to 12 years of age...
February 9, 2018: European Spine Journal
M Geerdes, S P Smook, T A von Schükkmann
A 42-year-old woman presented with neck pain without previous trauma. On suspicion of spondylodiscitis, an MRI of the cervical spine was made. This MRI and an additional CT showed calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle, a self-limiting disorder.
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Chester J Donnally, Gil Metser, Eric S Roth, Justin P Moo Young, Augustus J Rush, Motasem A Al Maaieh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study OBJECTIVE.: To identify patient characteristics and associated injuries in those sustaining a spine fracture from personal watercraft (PWC) usage. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: There are few studies regarding PWC use and injuries, and even more scarce are studies evaluating PWC usage and spine injuries. Identifying high risk actions and individuals can help to effectively treat them, reduce mortality, and possibly avoid certain spine fractures...
February 6, 2018: Spine
Miles O Fortner, Paul A Oakley, Deed E Harrison
[Purpose] To present a case of the non-surgical improvement in cervical kyphosis in a patient with history of cervical spine trauma and advanced osteoarthritis. [Subject and Methods] A 38 year old male presented with a chief complaint of chronic neck pain that was not substantially relieved by recent previous traditional physiotherapy and chiropractic manipulation. The cervical radiograph demonstrated a cervical hypolordosis of 5° as measured by the Harrison posterior tangent method from C2-C7. There was a 15° kyphosis at C4-C6 with advanced degenerative changes consistent with previous spine trauma...
January 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Linda Underbrink, Alice Twink Dalton, Jan Leonard, Pamela W Bourg, Abigail Blackmore, Holly Valverde, Thomas Candlin, Lisa M Caputo, Christopher Duran, Sherrie Peckham, Jeff Beckman, Brandon Daruna, Krista Furie, Debra Hopgood
OBJECTIVE: The impact of immobilization techniques on older adult trauma patients with spinal injury has rarely been studied. Our advisory group implemented a change in the immobilization protocol used by emergency medical services (EMS) professionals across a region encompassing 9 trauma centers and 24 EMS agencies in a Rocky Mountain state using a decentralized process on July 1, 2014. We sought to determine whether implementing the protocol would alter immobilization methods and affect patient outcomes among adults ≥60 years with a cervical spine injury...
February 6, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Ahadi Reza, Esmail Riahi, Abdolhadi Daneshi, Ehsan Golchini
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To assess the demographics, causes, treatment and outcome of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Tehran, Iran. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted in a major trauma centre in south of Tehran using clinical data registry of 3818 traumatic patients who admitted to the hospital from 2009 to 2013. The main factors measured were the external cause of trauma, the type of TBI, and treatment outcome. MAIN OUTCOMES AND RESULTS: The highest rate of TBIs occurred in age categories 21‒30 (31...
February 6, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
Mazda K Turel, Mena G Kerolus, Vincent C Traynelis
Background: The use of cervical interfacet spacers (CISs) to augment stability and provide solid arthrodesis at the atlantoaxial joint has not been studied in detail. The aim of this work is to report the outcomes with the use of machined allograft CISs at C1-2. Methods: A retrospective review of 19 patients who underwent an atlantoaxial fusion with the use of CISs was performed. All patients had instability documented with flexion and extension lateral radiographs...
October 2017: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
Nadim Tarazi, Sudarshan Munigangaiah, Aiden T Devitt, John P Mccabe
Background: Occipitocervical disease is common in the elderly population, and is on the rise due to an increasingly aging population. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed all patients who underwent occipitocervical fusion in our institution over a 20 year period (1996-2016) at a tertiary spinal referral centre. Patients were divided in 2 groups. Group A included all patient who underwent OCF in the first decade between 1996 and 2005. Group B was all patients who underwent OCF in the second decade between 2006 and 2016...
October 2017: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
Naoki Notani, Masashi Miyazaki, Toyomi Yoshiiwa, Toshinobu Ishihara, Shozo Kanezaki, Hiroshi Tsumura
RATIONALE: Acute neurological deficits following spinal surgery commonly result from epidural hematoma, surgical trauma, vascular compromise, and graft or hardware impingement, with the cause identified by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We present a rare case of dynamic paraspinal muscle impingement after C1 posterior arch laminectomy, which was diagnosed by myelography, with no significant findings on MRI. PATIENT CONCERNS: An 81-year-old, severely obese male, was referred to our department for the treatment of vertebral disease of the lumbar spine...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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