Journal article

Conservative treatment and outcome of upper cervical spine fractures in young children: A STROBE-compliant case series.

Ryszard Tomaszewski, Sergio B Sesia, Daniel Studer, Erich Rutz, Johannes M Mayr

Medicine (Baltimore) | Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health) | Published : 2021

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Cervical spine (C-spine) fractures in young children are very rare, and little information on treatment modalities and functional, radiographic, and patient-reported outcome exists. In this 2-center, retrospective case series, we assessed subjective and functional mid-term outcomes in children aged ≤5 years whose C-spine fractures were treated nonoperatively.Between 2000 and 2018, 6 children (median age at injury: 23.5 months; range: 16-31 months) with C1 or C2 injuries were treated with Minerva cast/brace or soft collar brace at 1 of the 2 study centers. Two patients suffered C1 fractures, and 4 patients had lysis of the odontoid synchondrosis. Overall, 3 children had sustained po..

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