Cervical spine trauma in the pediatric patient.

  title={Cervical spine trauma in the pediatric patient.},
  author={Paul D. Klimo and Marcus L. Ware and Nalin Gupta and Douglas Brockmeyer},
  journal={Neurosurgery clinics of North America},
  volume={18 4},
Injuries to the pediatric cervical spine occur infrequently. Numerous unique anatomic and biomechanical features of the pediatric spine render it much more flexible than the adult spine. These features give rise to significant differences in the presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of pediatric cervical trauma compared with adults. Younger children more often suffer injury to the upper cervical spine with greater neurologic injury and fewer fractures. Once the child reaches the age… CONTINUE READING
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