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Cervical spine injuries pediatric

Lynn Babcock, Cody S Olsen, David M Jaffe, Julie C Leonard
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to ascertain potential factors associated with cervical spine injuries in children injured during sports and recreational activities. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a multicenter retrospective case-control study involving children younger than 16 years who presented to emergency departments after blunt trauma and underwent cervical spine radiography. Cases had cervical spine injury from sports or recreational activities (n = 179)...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Kenneth Chin, Joshua M Abzug, Donald S Bae, Bernard D Horn, Martin Herman, Craig P Eberson
Management of pediatric polytrauma patients is one of the most difficult challenges for orthopaedic surgeons. Multisystem injuries frequently include complex orthopaedic surgical problems that require intervention. The physiology and anatomy of children and adolescent trauma patients differ from the physiology and anatomy of an adult trauma patient, which alters the types of injuries sustained and the ideal methods for management. Errors of pediatric polytrauma care are included in two broad categories: missed injuries and inadequate fracture treatment...
February 15, 2016: Instructional Course Lectures
Megan E Gornet, Michael P Kelly
Fractures of the second cervical vertebra (C2, axis) are common in adult spine surgery. Those fractures occurring in younger adult patients are often associated with high-energy mechanism trauma, resulting in a "Hangman's Fracture." Management of these fractures is often successful with nonoperative means, though surgery may be needed in those fractures with greater displacement and injury to the C2-C3 disc. Older patients are more likely to sustain fractures of the odontoid process. The evidence supporting surgical management of these fractures is evolving, as there may be a mortality benefit to surgery...
September 29, 2016: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Omar Adib, Emeline Berthier, Didier Loisel, Christophe Aubé
Injuries of the cervical spine are uncommon in children. The distribution of injuries, when they do occur, differs according to age. Young children aged less than 8 years usually have upper cervical injuries because of the anatomic and biomechanical properties of their immature spine, whereas older children, whose biomechanics more closely resemble those of adults, are prone to lower cervical injuries. In all cases, the pediatric cervical spine has distinct radiographic features, making the emergency radiological analysis of it difficult...
September 20, 2016: Skeletal Radiology
Yahya Acar, Onur Tezel, Necati Salman, Erdem Cevik, Margarita Algaba-Montes, Alberto Oviedo-García, Mayra Patricio-Bordomás, Mustafa Z Mahmoud, Abdelmoneim Sulieman, Abbas Ali, Alrayah Mustafa, Ihab Abdelrahman, Mustafa Bahar, Osama Ali, H Lester Kirchner, Gregor Prosen, Ajda Anzic, Paul Leeson, Maryam Bahreini, Fatemeh Rasooli, Houman Hosseinnejad, Gabriel Blecher, Robert Meek, Diana Egerton-Warburton, Edina Ćatić Ćuti, Stanko Belina, Tihomir Vančina, Idriz Kovačević, Nadan Rustemović, Ikwan Chang, Jin Hee Lee, Young Ho Kwak, Do Kyun Kim, Chi-Yung Cheng, Hsiu-Yung Pan, Chia-Te Kung, Ela Ćurčić, Ena Pritišanac, Ivo Planinc, Marijana Grgić Medić, Radovan Radonić, Abiola Fasina, Anthony J Dean, Nova L Panebianco, Patricia S Henwood, Oliviero Fochi, Moreno Favarato, Ezio Bonanomi, Ivan Tomić, Youngrock Ha, Hongchuen Toh, Elizabeth Harmon, Wilma Chan, Cameron Baston, Gail Morrison, Frances Shofer, Angela Hua, Sharon Kim, James Tsung, Isa Gunaydin, Zeynep Kekec, Mehmet Oguzhan Ay, Jinjoo Kim, Jinhyun Kim, Gyoosung Choi, Dowon Shim, Ji-Han Lee, Jana Ambrozic, Katja Prokselj, Miha Lucovnik, Gabrijela Brzan Simenc, Asta Mačiulienė, Almantas Maleckas, Algimantas Kriščiukaitis, Vytautas Mačiulis, Andrius Macas, Sharad Mohite, Zoltan Narancsik, Hugon Možina, Sara Nikolić, Jan Hansel, Rok Petrovčič, Una Mršić, Simon Orlob, Markus Lerchbaumer, Niklas Schönegger, Reinhard Kaufmann, Chun-I Pan, Chien-Hung Wu, Sarah Pasquale, Stephanie J Doniger, Sharon Yellin, Gerardo Chiricolo, Maja Potisek, Borut Drnovšek, Boštjan Leskovar, Kristine Robinson, Clara Kraft, Benjamin Moser, Stephen Davis, Shelley Layman, Yusef Sayeed, Joseph Minardi, Irmina Sefic Pasic, Amra Dzananovic, Anes Pasic, Sandra Vegar Zubovic, Ana Godan Hauptman, Ana Vujaklija Brajkovic, Jaksa Babel, Marina Peklic, Vedran Radonic, Luka Bielen, Peh Wee Ming, Nur Hafiza Yezid, Fatahul Laham Mohammed, Zainal Abidin Huda, Wan Nasarudin Wan Ismail, W Yus Haniff W Isa, Hashairi Fauzi, Praveena Seeva, Mohd Zulfakar Mazlan
A1 Point-of-care ultrasound examination of cervical spine in emergency departmentYahya Acar, Onur Tezel, Necati SalmanA2 A new technique in verifying the placement of a nasogastric tube: obtaining the longitudinal view of nasogastric tube in addition to transverse view with ultrasoundYahya Acar, Necati Salman, Onur Tezel, Erdem CevikA3 Pseudoaneurysm of the femoral artery after cannulation of a central venous line. Should we always use ultrasound in these procedures?Margarita Algaba-Montes, Alberto Oviedo-García, Mayra Patricio-BordomásA4 Ultrasound-guided supraclavicular subclavian vein catheterization...
September 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Vin Shen Ban, James A Botros, Christopher J Madden, H Hunt Batjer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Athletic neurosurgical emergencies are injuries that can lead to mortality or significant morbidity and require immediate recognition and treatment. This review article discusses the epidemiology of sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) with an attempt to quantify the incidence of neurosurgical emergencies in sports. Emergencies such as intracranial hemorrhage, second impact syndrome, vascular injuries, and seizures are discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: The incidence of sports-related TBI presenting to level I or II trauma centers in the USA is about 10 in 100,000 population per year...
September 2016: Current Pain and Headache Reports
U Yilmaz, P Hellen
CLINICAL/METHODICAL ISSUE: In the emergency department 65 % of spinal injuries and 2-5 % of blunt force injuries involve the cervical spine. Of these injuries approximately 50 % involve C5 and/or C6 and 30 % involve C2. Older patients tend to have higher spinal injuries and younger patients tend to have lower injuries. The anatomical and development-related characteristics of the pediatric spine as well as degenerative and comorbid pathological changes of the spine in the elderly can make the radiological evaluation of spinal injuries difficult with respect to possible trauma sequelae in young and old patients...
August 2016: Der Radiologe
Gurpal S Pannu, Mitesh P Shah, Marty J Herman
BACKGROUND: Cervical spine clearance in the pediatric trauma patient represents a particularly challenging task. Unfortunately, standardized clearance protocols for pediatric cervical clearance are poorly reported in the literature and imaging recommendations demonstrate considerable variability. With the use of a web-based survey, this study aims to define the methods utilized by pediatric trauma centers throughout North America. Specific attention was given to the identification of personnel responsible for cervical spine care, diagnostic imaging modalities used, and the presence or absence of a written pediatric cervical spine clearance protocol...
June 18, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Li W Cui, Marc A Probst, Jerome R Hoffman, William R Mower
Pediatric patients with suspected cervical spine injuries (CSI) often receive a computed tomography (CT) scan as an initial diagnostic imaging test. While sensitive, CT of the cervical spine carries significant radiation and risk of lethal malignant transformation later in life. Plain radiographs carry significantly less radiation and could serve as the preferred screening tool, provided they have a high functional sensitivity in detecting pediatric patients with CSI. We hypothesize that plain cervical spine radiographs can reliably detect pediatric patients with CSI and seek to quantify the functional sensitivity of plain radiography as compared to CT...
October 2016: Emergency Radiology
Kunal R Bansal, Ajay S Chandanwale
INTRODUCTION: Spinal cord injury in children frequently occurs without fracture or dislocation. SCIWORA is a syndrome occurring when the spinal cord sustains neural damage during a traumatic event without positive radiographic findings. The incidence of SCIWORA was found to be 8% to 32% in various studies with very few cases documented in children below the age of 1 year. We report such a case of spinal cord injury without radiological abnormality in an 8 months old female child. CASE REPORT: An 8 months old female child was brought to the emergency room after a history of fall from the bed four days back...
January 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
Kevin High, Michele Walsh, Rebecca Kidd
Management of an acutely injured pediatric patient with multiple traumas is a common challenge facing clinicians in pediatric emergency care. Blunt trauma is more common in the pediatric population with motor vehicle accidents being the most common cause of injury. Spinal injury, especially in young children, is only seen in 1% to 2% of cases and can be lethal. It is incumbent upon clinicians to be able to meet the challenges of patient management including airway management, providing hemodynamic support, and addressing potentially reversible causes of arrest while recognizing presenting symptoms of spinal injury...
June 1, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
R Jacob, M Cox, K Koral, C Greenwell, Y Xi, L Vinson, K Reeder, B Weprin, R Huang, T N Booth
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cervical MR imaging has demonstrated a utility for detecting soft tissue injury in nonaccidental trauma. The purpose of this study was to identify the incidence and types of cervical spine injury on MR imaging in nonaccidental trauma and to correlate cervical spine injury with parenchymal injury on brain MR imaging and findings on head CT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of children diagnosed with nonaccidental trauma in a tertiary referral pediatric hospital over 8 years was performed...
May 26, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Jeffrey Knox
PURPOSE: To characterize the epidemiology and costs associated with spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA) based on patient age. METHODS: An analysis of data complied for 2012 in the Healthcare Utilization Project KID database (HCUP-KID), which represents a nationwide database of pediatric admissions, was performed. An initial search identified all children diagnosed with SCIWORA based on International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition (ICD-9) codes...
June 2016: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
Manuel Ribeiro da Silva, Daniela Linhares, Pedro Cacho Rodrigues, Eurico Lisboa Monteiro, Manuel Santos Carvalho, Pedro Negrão, Rui Peixoto Pinto, Nuno Neves
PURPOSE: This observational study aims to describe pediatric C-spine injuries from a level 1 trauma centre through a period of 19 years. METHODS: Clinical records of pediatric trauma patients admitted to a level 1 trauma centre between 1991 and 2009 were analyzed. Patients were stratified by age into groups A (8 or less) and B (9 to 16), and in lower (C0-C2) and upper (C3-C7) spine injuries. Several variables were studied. RESULTS: Seventy-five cases of C-spine injuries (nine SCIWORA) were identified...
June 2016: International Orthopaedics
Kenneth Chin, Joshua Abzug, Donald S Bae, Bernard D Horn, Martin Herman, Craig P Eberson
Management of pediatric polytrauma patients is one of the most difficult challenges for orthopaedic surgeons. Multisystem injuries frequently include complex orthopaedic surgical problems that require intervention. The physiology and anatomy of children and adolescent trauma patients differ from the physiology and anatomy of an adult trauma patient, which alters the types of injuries sustained and the ideal methods for management. Errors of pediatric polytrauma care are included in two broad categories: missed injuries and inadequate fracture treatment...
2016: Instructional Course Lectures
Christopher R Connelly, John D Yonge, Lynn E Eastes, Pamela E Bilyeu, Phillip M Kemp Bohan, Martin A Schreiber, Kenneth S Azarow, Jennifer M Watters, Mubeen A Jafri
BACKGROUND: Morbidity and mortality of cervical spine (C-spine) injury in pediatric trauma patients are high, necessitating quick and accurate diagnosis. Best practices emphasize minimizing radiation exposure through decreased reliance on computed tomography (CT), instead using clinical assessment, physical examination, and alternate imaging techniques. We implemented an institutional performance improvement and patient safety (PIPS) program initiative for C-spine clearance in 2010 because of high rates of CT scans among pediatric trauma patients...
August 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Aisha S Chaudhry, Jose Prince, Christopher Sorrentino, Charles Fasanya, Joseph McGinn, Krassimir D Atanassov, Scott Bloom, Mitchell Price
BACKGROUND: Cervical spine injuries are rare in children. Our goal is to establish guidelines for cervical spine clearance that are practical for our pediatric population, and, in the process, to reduce the risk of radiation exposure from unnecessary advanced imaging. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records from the registries of two pediatric trauma centers from the past 11 years (January 2002 to June 2013). Patients aged 1 month to 17 years, who had a CT scan of the cervical spine due to trauma indication for possible cervical spine injury, were evaluated...
2016: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Melvin Eugene Stone, Benjamin A Farber, Odunayo Olorunfemi, Stanley Kalata, James A Meltzer, Edward Chao, Srinivas H Reddy, Sheldon Teperman
BACKGROUND: Penetrating neck trauma is uncommon in children; consequently, data describing epidemiology, injury pattern, and management are sparse. The aim of this study was to use the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) to describe pediatric penetrating neck trauma (PPNT). METHODS: The NTDB was queried for children (defined as <15 years old) with PPNT between years 2008 and 2012. Descriptive analysis was used to describe age groups (0-5, 6-10, and 11-14 years) and injury type categorized as aerodigestive, vascular, cervical spine, and nerve...
April 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Wei Qu, Dingjun Hao, Qining Wu, Zongrang Song, Jijun Liu
Unilateral facet dislocation at the subaxial cervical spine (C3-7) in children younger than 8 years of age is rare. The authors describe a surgical approach for irreducible subaxial cervical unilateral facet dislocation (SCUFD) at C3-4 in a 5-year-old boy and present a literature review. A dorsal unilateral approach was applied, and a biodegradable plate was used for postreduction fixation without fusion after failed conservative treatment. There was complete resolution of symptoms and restored cervical stability...
May 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Pamela M McMahon, Shannon M Alwood, Cristina Zeretzke-Bien, Swathi Chalasani, Scott Herskovitz, Meagan C Blanchard, Yea Ping Lin
In order to minimize the amount of ionizing radiation to which young trauma patients are subjected, a cervical spine clearance project was implemented. The aim was to increase the number of pediatric trauma patients clinically cleared and decrease the number of such patients undergoing cervical spine CT imaging when they met clinical clearance criteria. To accomplish the goals, a brief education program about the epidemiology of pediatric cervical spine injuries, radiation exposure risks, and safe and effective means available for cervical spine clearance to pediatric trauma providers was delivered...
September 2015: Radiology Management
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