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  SPINE SURGERY - PART II 

Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2012 June;56(2):113-29

Copyright © 2012 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Spinal emergencies

Kelley B. C., Arnold P. M., Anderson K. K.

Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA


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True spinal emergencies are rare and represent a potential loss of function if not treated properly. This review describes the most frequently encountered spinal emergencies. Early diagnosis is the key to preventing significant morbidity in the form of permanent disability. The recognition of red flags, followed by a thorough neurologic exam and appropriate imaging, should prompt a thorough examination with a heightened sense of urgency regarding the workup for serious forms of pathology. Spinal emergencies threaten loss of function if not treated properly. Providers must be aware of the presenting symptoms and be able to accurately interpret imaging results in order to promptly diagnose and treat these conditions.

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