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Pediatric Emergency Care:
doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3182a62fab
Illustrative Cases

Spinal Cord Avulsion in the Pediatric Population: Case Study and Review

Phillips, Blake C. MD; Pinckard, Heather MD; Pownall, Ambre’ PNP-BC; Öcal, Eylem MD

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Abstract

Abstract: Spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA) is a rare phenomenon, but with advances in imaging and improvements in magnetic resonance imaging more cases are being identified. Even more uncommon is the finding of spinal cord avulsion as a type of SCIWORA with only single case reports in the literature. We present the case reports of 2 patients both experiencing spinal cord avulsion as a type of SCIWORA, secondary to improper lap-belt restraint during a motor vehicle accident.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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