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Spine J. 2006 Nov-Dec;6(6 Suppl):198S-206S.

Central cord injury: pathophysiology, management, and outcomes.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Jefferson Medical College, 909 Walnut St., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. James.harrop@jefferson.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND CONTEXT:

Cervical spinal trauma can result in a heterogeneous collection of spinal cord injury syndromes. Acute traumatic central cord syndrome is a common category of which no uniform consensus on the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment exists.

PURPOSE:

To evaluate and review potential pathophysiology, current treatment options, and management of central cord injuries.

STUDY DESIGN:

Comprehensive literature review and clinical experience.

METHODS:

A systematic review of Medline for articles related to central cord and spinal cord injury was conducted up to and including journal articles published in September 2005.

CONCLUSIONS:

Central cord injuries is a clinical definition which is composed of a heterogeneous population for which medical management and surgical decompression and stabilization provide improved neurologic recovery.

PMID:
17097539
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