|ECR 2013 / C-2110|
|Upper cervical trauma: study in acute phase and follow up|
Cervical trauma is a frequent cause of consultation in emergency departments.
Fractures and ligament lesions are frequent and potentially fatal, especially in trauma to the upper cervical spine because of its functional and anatomical complexity. Although neurological lesions are often not initially present, neurological lesions can develop later after neck trauma.
Cervical CT is widely used to evaluate symptomatic patients and to screen multiple trauma patients. MDCT has proved its value in both the acute phase and follow-up.
MRI adds information about soft tissues. Cervical plain films with functional manoeuvres continue to play a main role in follow-up.
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