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Neurosurgery. 2002 Mar;50(3 Suppl):S156-65. doi: 10.1097/00006123-200203001-00024.

Treatment of subaxial cervical spinal injuries.

Abstract

SUBAXIAL CERVICAL FACET DISLOCATION INJURIES:

STANDARDS:

There is insufficient evidence to recommend treatment standards.

GUIDELINES:

There is insufficient evidence to recommend treatment guidelines.

OPTIONS:

Closed or open reduction of subaxial cervical facet dislocation injuries is recommended. Treatment of subaxial cervical facet dislocation injuries with rigid external immobilization, anterior arthrodesis with plate fixation, or posterior arthrodesis with plate or rod or interlaminar clamp fixation is recommended. Treatment of subaxial cervical facet dislocation injuries with prolonged bedrest in traction is recommended if more contemporary treatment options are not available. SUBAXIAL CERVICAL INJURIES EXCLUDING FACET DISLOCATION INJURIES:

STANDARDS:

There is insufficient evidence to recommend treatment standards.

GUIDELINES:

There is insufficient evidence to recommend treatment guidelines.

OPTIONS:

Closed or open reduction of subluxations or displaced subaxial cervical spinal fractures is recommended. Treatment of subaxial cervical spinal injuries with external immobilization, anterior arthrodesis with plate fixation, or posterior arthrodesis with plate or rod fixation is recommended.

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