Controversies in the treatment of cervical spine dislocations
Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Cervical Vertebrae; Diagnostic Imaging; Dislocations; Evidence-Based Medicine; Fracture Fixation; Humans; Male; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Spinal Cord Injuries
Orthopedics | Rehabilitation and Therapy
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Cervical spine dislocations represent an area of great controversy among spine surgeons.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this review is to present the specific areas of controversy and to provide a review of the literature.
STUDY DESIGN: A case of cervical spine dislocation is presented to illustrate the major controversies related to the treatment of cervical spine dislocations.
METHODS: A review of the literature is presented regarding the major controversial aspects of the treatment of cervical spine dislocations.
RESULTS: The major areas of controversy include the choice of imaging, closed versus open reduction and surgical approach.
CONCLUSIONS: Guidelines for the management of cervical spine dislocations are presented based on evidence-based medicine.
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Citation: Spine J. 2009 May;9(5):418-23. Epub 2009 Feb 23. Link to article on publisher's site