Isolated transverse process fractures: spine service management not needed.

TitleIsolated transverse process fractures: spine service management not needed.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
JournalThe Journal of trauma
Volume65
Issue4
Pagination832-6; discussion 836
ISSN0022-5282
Abstract

With the advent of holo-body computed tomography scanning of trauma patients, the radiologic diagnosis of transverse process fractures (TPF) has increased. The significance of this fracture has not been elucidated. Spine service (neurosurgical or orthopedic) consultation is frequently requested for patients with these fractures, stressing constraints on these practices. We hypothesize that isolated transverse process fractures (iTPF) are structurally and neurologically stable injuries, which do not require spine service intervention.

URLhttp://Insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=18849799
DOI10.1097/TA.0b013e318184d30e
Short TitleJ Trauma
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