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Citation

Chong CL, Ware DN, Harris JH. J. Trauma 1998; 44(3): 501-502.

Affiliation

Department of Radiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1998, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

9529178

Abstract

BACKGROUND, MATERIALS AND METHODS: Because there is no consensus regarding the necessity of imaging the cervical spine of patients who sustain a gunshot wound to the cranium, the cervical spinal radiographs of 53 consecutive patients with gunshot wounds to the cranium admitted to Hermann Hospital, a Level I trauma center, from January of 1993 to January of 1996, were reviewed. RESULTS: The cervical spine radiographs of all 53 patients were negative. CONCLUSIONS: Cervical spine injury is not associated with gunshot wound to the cranium. Therefore, patient management decisions/procedures, including endotracheal intubation, should not be delayed pending cervical spine imaging.


Language: en

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