Spinal Injury in Children: A Review of 156 Cases Seen From 1950 Through 1978

  • Anderson, J. Michael;
  • Schutt, Ann H.


We reviewed 156 cases of spinal injury sustained by children aged 14 years and younger. Analysis included the following: categorizing injury as an orthopedic (112), a neurologic (2), or a combined (42) problem; site along spinal column at which injury occurred; cause of injury (most commonly automobile accident and fall); referral pattern and hospital stay; immediate and rehabilitative therapy; complications; and deaths. The frequency of spinal injury in children increases with age. The mod of injury in urban and rural environments varies. Spinal injury is a serious problem and has an associated high mortality and a high complication rate. Most of the spinal injuries are preventable, and the incidence of complications can be lessened when special attention is given during the initial hospitalization to respiratory and urinary tract infections, decubiti, and behavior of the children.


JOURNAL: Mayo Clin Proc. 1980; 55(8): 499-504.

Note: Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

NLOM ID#: 80252935 .

Publication #: 80252935

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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