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Plain Film or MDCT as a First Diagnostic Tool in Patients with Cervical Spine Injury: Critical Issues

  • Gianluigi Guarnieri
  • Roberto Izzo
  • Mario Muto

Abstract

Spinal trauma is a very frequent injury that differs in severity and prognosis, varying from an asymptomatic condition to temporary neurological dysfunction, a focal deficit, or even a fatal event. Cervical spine injuries are estimated to occur in 2–10% of such cases, with more than 10,000 new cases each year. The major causes of spinal trauma are high- and low-energy falls, traffic accidents, sport-related, and blunt impact. In all such cases, the associated costs of these injuries are high [1]. Clinical evaluation involves different specialties, including emergency medicine, trauma surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and radiology or neuroradiology [2].

Keywords

Ankylose Spondylitis Cervical Spine Vertebral Body Cervical Spine Injury Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianluigi Guarnieri
    • 1
  • Roberto Izzo
    • 1
  • Mario Muto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Radiological Imaging, Neuroradiology Service“A. Cardarelli” HospitalNaplesItaly

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