Early surgery for thoracolumbar spine injuries decreases complications.

  title={Early surgery for thoracolumbar spine injuries decreases complications.},
  author={Jeffrey G. Chipman and William E Deuser and Greg J. Beilman},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  volume={56 1},
BACKGROUND The proper timing for surgical fracture repair is controversial. Early repair of long bone and cervical fractures reduces complications and is safe. Few studies exist to compare time to surgery with outcomes in thoracolumbar (TL) spine injuries. METHODS Patients with TL spine injuries were identified from the trauma registry and divided into two cohorts on the basis of Injury Severity Score (ISS). Cohorts were compared for infectious, respiratory, and total complications in… CONTINUE READING
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