Is Computed Tomography Reliable for the Evaluation of Cervical Spine Injury in Obese Patients?

Young, Andrew J.; Wilson, Sean; Wolfe, Luke; Duane, Therese
June 2014
American Surgeon;Jun2014, Vol. 80 Issue 6, p627
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a study which examined whether obese patients sustaining blunt trauma and meeting criteria for a trauma team alert (TTA) had a higher rate of incomplete evaluations of the cervical spine by computed tomography (CT). The researchers found no correlation between body mass index (BMI) and risk of cervical spine fracture. The study supports CTC as the gold standard for evaluating trauma patients with suspected cervical spine injury.


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