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Chin J Traumatol. 2013;16(4):212-5.

Management of neglected cervical spine dislocation: a study of six cases.

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Department of Orthopaedics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012, India.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report a case series of six neglected cervical spine dislocations without neurological deficit, which were managed operatively.

METHODS:

The study was conducted from August 2010 to December 2011 and cases were selected from the out-patient department of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, India. The patients were in the age group of 30 to 50 years. All patients were operated via both anterior and posterior approaches.

RESULTS:

During the immediate postoperative period, five (83.33%) patients had normal neurological status. One (16.67%) patient who had C5-C6 subluxation developed neurological deficit with sensory loss below C6 level and motor power of 2/5 in the lower limb and 3/5 in the upper limb below C6 level.

CONCLUSION:

There is no role of skull traction in neglected distractive flexion injuries to cervical spine delayed for more than 3 weeks. Posterior followed by anterior approach saves much time. If both approaches are to be done in the same sitting, there is no need for instrumentation posteriorly. But if staged procedure is planed, posterior stabilization is recommended, as there is a risk of deterioration in neurological status.

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