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<< Cervical Spinal Injury In Pediatric Blunt Trauma Patients: Management In The Emergency Department (Trauma CME)

Etiology And Pathophysiology

The most common cause of spinal injury in children is motor vehicle crashes (MVCs). Sports accidents and falls are also common mechanisms of injury.1,3 The recreational activity with the highest risk of spinal injury is diving.3 In general, spinal injuries can potentially cause dysfunction of the entire peripheral nervous system below the level of injury (ie, motor and sensory symptoms); however; there are certain classic incomplete injury patterns. 

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