<< Updated Guidelines For Management Of Acute Cervical Spine And Spinal Cord Injury In Pediatric Patients (Trauma CME)

Introduction To The Guidelines: Pediatric Cervical Spine And Spinal Cord Injuries

Even though cervical spine injury is uncommon in the pediatric population, if it is not diagnosed and managed appropriately after arrival in the ED, there is a high risk of morbidity and mortality.1-4 Because children have specific anatomic and developmental features, their cervical spine injury patterns differ from adults. In children aged < 8 years, the head is large relative to the body, creating a higher center of gravity and acting as a pivot for neck motion during blunt trauma, leading to a propensity for upper cervical spine injuries.1,5

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