Relatively rare, present in 1–2% of patients with severe blunt trauma
Children <8 yr of age are more likely to have upper cervical spine injuries (C1–C3) and are at risk of growth ...
Local cervical spine pain
Limited range of motion
Neurologic deficit (may be transient)
May be masked by altered mental status or distracting injury
Abnormal vital signs:
Immobilize all infants and children with potential cervical spine injuries
Appropriate size cervical collar
Tape, towels, padding in combination with car seat or spine board if for...
Altered mental status
Signs/symptoms of spinal cord injury
Obtain appropriate consultation:
Completely normal ...
Maintain appropriate immobilization during evaluation.
In most cases, plain radiographs can be used as initial screening tool.
Be aware of unique features of pediatric cervical spine...
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Caviness AC. Evaluation of cervical spine ...
805.00 Closed fracture of cervical vertebra, unspecified level
847.0 Sprain of neck
959.09 Injury of face and neck
952.00 C1-C4 level with unspecified spinal cord injury
728.4 Laxity of ligament
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