Spinal cord injuries have devastating neurologic sequelae, despite specialized in-hospital management and skilled rehabilitation. Upon initial stabilization, a detailed examination and imaging are vital to diagnose and classify spinal cord injuries. Acute management relies on in-line immobilization and prevention of secondary insults. Medical therapy adds little to neurologic recovery. Systemic complications have to be recognized and managed aggressively, as they are associated with significant morbidity and mortality.
KeywordsSpinal cord injury Vertebral fractures Ligamentous injury Secondary injury ASIA Sequelae of spinal cord injury
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