Comparative effectiveness of using computed tomography alone to exclude cervical spine injuries in obtunded or intubated patients: meta-analysis of 14,327 patients with blunt trauma.

@article{Panczykowski2011ComparativeEO,
  title={Comparative effectiveness of using computed tomography alone to exclude cervical spine injuries in obtunded or intubated patients: meta-analysis of 14,327 patients with blunt trauma.},
  author={David Panczykowski and Nestor D. Tomycz and David O. Okonkwo},
  journal={Journal of neurosurgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={115 3},
  pages={541-9}
}
OBJECT The current standard of practice for clearance of the cervical spine in obtunded patients suffering blunt trauma is to use CT and an adjuvant imaging modality (such as MR imaging). The objective of this study was to determine the comparative effectiveness of multislice helical CT alone to diagnose acute unstable cervical spine injury following blunt trauma. METHODS The authors performed a meta-analysis of studies comparing modern CT with adjunctive imaging modalities and required that… CONTINUE READING
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