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Thoracolumbar spine Trauma

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By David Bennett Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the United States
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Rowan Schouten, Todd Albert, Brian K Kwon
Failure to recognize spinal column or spinal cord injuries, or improper treatment of them, can have catastrophic and often irreversible neurologic consequences. Although the initial assessment is often shared with emergency care personnel, an orthopaedic surgeon's perspective can elevate the priority of spinal care to the level that is warranted. An accurate early appraisal, including complete neurologic assessment, is critical. All aspects of emergent care, including optimal immobilization precautions, resuscitation, and choice of imaging modalities, should be systematically reviewed, and practice guidelines should be adopted by each institution...
June 2012: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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