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Minerva Chirurgica 2004 December;59(6):563-72

Copyright © 2004 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Management of cervical aerodigestive injuries

Ramírez J. I., Velmahos G. C.


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The management of patients with cervical injuries is highly controversial. Some authorities advocate mandatory exploration for all such injuries,1-19 while others advocate selective exploration.20-58 This paper will objectively review the evidence supporting each approach. The non-operative approach may be pursued through a variety of diagnostic modalities and this paper will also review the evidence supporting their use in cervical trauma. A clear understanding of these modalities and their relative merits is mandated by the potential severity of cervical injuries and their need for rapid intervention.

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