Complications in the Management of Patients with Spine Trauma

Geoffrey Stricsek, George Ghobrial, Jefferson Wilson, Thana Theofanis, James S. Harrop*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

More than 50% of patients diagnosed with acute, traumatic spinal cord injury will experience at least 1 complication during their hospitalization. Age, severity of neurological injury, concurrent traumatic brain injury, comorbid illness, and mechanism of injury are all associated with increasing risk of complication. More than 75% of complications will occur within 2 weeks of injury. The complications associated with SCI carry a significant risk of morbidity and mortality; their early identification and management is critical in the care of the SCI patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-155
Number of pages9
JournalNeurosurgery clinics of North America
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Complications
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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