Occipitocervical dissociative injuries: Common in blunt trauma fatalities and better detected with objective computed tomography-based measurements

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, 6620 Main St, 11th floor, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
The spine journal: official journal of the North American Spine Society (Impact Factor: 2.43). 08/2010; 10(8):704-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.spinee.2010.05.015
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Occipitocervical injuries (OCIs) are generally not common in blunt trauma victims, but autopsy studies of blunt trauma fatalities consistently report a high prevalence of these injuries. New computed tomography (CT)-based quantitative criteria have recently been developed for use in assessing the occipitocervical spine. The efficacy of these new criteria for detecting OCI would be supported if the high prevalence of OCI in blunt trauma fatalities can also be detected using these objective CT-based criteria.

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