By Danny Jacobs
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15 Indications for operative intervention include increasing neurologic impairment or a mass effect causing more than 5 mm midline shift. Additionally, depressed skull fractures may need to be elevated or debrided. 40 SECTION I If the ICP is controllable with the methods outlined above and the clinical status is stable, continued close observation is indicated. Spine and Spinal Cord Injury Spinal cord injury has an incidence of about 11,000 new cases each year in the United States. The average age at the time of injury is 38 years, and 78 percent of SCI occur in males.
External braces, such as the halo vest, may also be used to immobilize the spine without surgical intervention. Neck Injury The high concentration of vital structures in the neck makes the evaluation of neck injuries somewhat problematic. Consideration must be given to injuries of the aerodigestive tract, cervical vascular structures, nerves, and the cervical spine. Unfortunately, symptoms and signs may be absent or poorly predictive of injury, for example, to the esophagus, carotid, or vertebral 42 SECTION I arteries.
Pneumothorax and hemothorax are easily identiﬁed on the radiograph, as are parenchymal disease and osseous injury. A lateral cervical spine ﬁlm is used for screening purposes, but is limited and cannot be used solely to rule out spine injury. Pelvic radiograph is also used to discover any osseous fractures. Other plain radiographs are obtained for suspicion of injury from the clinical examination. 5 CT is becoming the major diagnostic test for traumatic injuries. It allows easy visualization of solid tissue and osseous tissue; it easily differentiates blood from ascites, as well as air from tissue or ﬂuid; it allows visualization of the retroperitoneal space and other potential spaces; it has the ability to quantify or grade injuries; it provides for speciﬁc recognition of injuries; and it can visualize joint spaces.
First Exposure to General Surgery by Danny Jacobs