Assess for sensorimotor deficit.
Abnormal neurologic findings are not accounted for by known/visible injuries.
Immobilize unconscious patients until plain x-ray and CT radiographs are obtained.
Immobilize until able to assess neurologic and pain status.
Immobilize patients with transien...
SCIWORA can initially present after trauma with no symptoms. Subsequent neurologic deterioration is consistent with the diagnosis.
Reassess neurologic function within 24 to 48 hours in pat...
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S14.109A Unsp injury at unsp level of cervical spinal cord, init
S14.2XXA Injury of nerve root of cervical spine, initial encounter
S14.102A Unsp injury at C2 level of cervical spinal cord, i...
Consider SCIWORA in patients presenting with a history of trauma and neurologic symptoms with negative x-ray and CT findings.
The appearance of the spinal cord on MRI helps provide prog...
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