Subaxial cervical spine injuries

Sergio Mendoza-Lattes and Charles R. Clark

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Subaxial cervical spine injuries

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The spine study group classification describes three families of fractures

Clinical examination can exclude a cervical spine injury in a non-distracted conscious patient without pain and neurological deficit

CT scan is the investigation of choice where fracture is suspected

Pure ligamentous injuries are rare

Priorities are immobilization and assessment, reduction of dislocations and then surgical decompression and stabilization.

Chapter.  4451 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Surgical Skills

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