Cervical spine fractures in the elderly.

@article{Weller1997CervicalSF,
  title={Cervical spine fractures in the elderly.},
  author={Simcha J Weller and Adel M. Malek and Eugene Rossitch},
  journal={Surgical neurology},
  year={1997},
  volume={47 3},
  pages={274-80; discussion 280-1}
}
BACKGROUND Cervical spine fractures in the elderly are relatively common. The management of such injuries may be complicated by underlying medical debility and osteopenia as well as reduced tolerance to halo immobilization. METHODS Over a 1-year period, 43 cervical spine fractures were treated at our institution. Ten (23%) were in persons 70 years of age or older. This retrospective analysis describe the clinical features, treatment, and outcome of these 10 elderly patients. All fractures in… CONTINUE READING
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