Neurological outcome following early versus delayed lower cervical spine surgery.

@article{Sapkas2007NeurologicalOF,
  title={Neurological outcome following early versus delayed lower cervical spine surgery.},
  author={George S. Sapkas and Stamatios Papadakis},
  journal={Journal of orthopaedic surgery},
  year={2007},
  volume={15 2},
  pages={183-6}
}
PURPOSE To determine whether the timing of surgery affects neurological outcome in patients with lower cervical spine trauma. METHODS 29 patients with a fracture and 38 with a fracture-dislocation of C3 to C7 cervical vertebrae were treated operatively during the inclusive period January 1987 to December 2000. Surgery was performed as soon as the patient's medical condition allowed, within 72 hours in 31 and more than 72 hours after the injury in 36. RESULTS Only patients with incomplete… CONTINUE READING
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