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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 13(4); 2002 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2002;13(4): 582-585.
Missed Traumatic Cervical Spine Injury
Min Seob Sim, Min Jeoung Kim, Sang O Park, Hyoung Gon Song, Yeon Kwon Jeoung, Keun Jeong Song
Department of Emergency Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. emsong@smc.samsung.co.kr
Cervical spine injury occurs in 3% of blunt trauma patients, and 10% of patients with cervical spine injuries have an associated head injury. The early recognition of cervical spine injury and treatment of the secondary injury are important in the management of trauma patients. At the time of diagnosis of cervical spine injury, 5~30% of patients have been reported to have experienced missed or delayed diagnosis. Of these, 10.5~29% were associated with permanent and critical neurologic injury, for example, death, quadriplesia, ect. The writers experienced two cases of missed traumatic cervical spine injury.
Key words: Spinal injurives
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