Indications for obtaining surveillance thoracic and lumbar spine radiographs.

  title={Indications for obtaining surveillance thoracic and lumbar spine radiographs.},
  author={Heidi Lee Frankel and Grace S. Rozycki and Mims Gage Ochsner and J D Harviel and Howard R. Champion},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  volume={37 4},
The purpose of this study was to identify risk factors for thoracic/lumbar spine fractures in patients with blunt injuries and subsequently establish indications for obtaining surveillance thoracolumbar radiographs. Retrospective review of all patients with blunt injuries (n = 1485) admitted in 1992 to a level I trauma center with a discharge diagnosis of thoracolumbar spine fracture established entrance criteria for a 4-month prospective study. Relative risk of fracture (RR) was calculated… CONTINUE READING