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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 173-177

Incidence of cervical spine injury observed in polytrauma patients at autopsy


1 Senior Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Sri Aurobindo Medical College & P.G. Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Neurosurgery, Sri Aurobindo Medical College & P.G. Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, Sri Aurobindo Medical College & P.G. Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Jitendra Tadghare
Senior Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Sri Aurobindo Medical College & P.G. Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10039-1154

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Introduction: To find the incidence of cervical injury in patients dying due to polytrauma observed during autopsy. Materials and methods: A total of 282 autopsies were studied. The cases included were those of polytrauma. The postmortem examination was done in these cases. Examination of Cervical Column was done from C1 to C7 and evidence of injury was noted and its incidence was found. Results: Spinal injuries were often secondary to head impacts, or to primary accelerations of the torso without head impact. At postmortem, cervical spine injuries were noted mostly at C5 to C6 level. The most common age group was 21 to 30 years and road traffic accident (RTA) was the most common mode of injury. Conclusion: We examined the cervical spine at autopsy and found significant results. Cervical spine injuries should always be suspected in polytrauma patients and cervical supportive care should be given right from the initial handling from site of injury till their transportation to emergency centers.


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