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Abstracts for Paediatric Trauma, Free Paper Session, Thursday 17 September 17.15–18.15, Read Lecture Theatre
Cervical spine clearance in paediatric trauma: are we clear?
  1. B. Clifton,
  2. S. Rajan,
  3. N. Edmonds,
  4. M. Vaidya
  1. Barts & the London Children's Hospital

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    Background and Aims

    In adult poly-trauma, cervical spine injuries may be cleared radiologically if normal. However, in children, clinical evaluation has been part of the cervical spine clearance irrespective of radiological clearance due to the risk of spinal cord injury without radiological abnormality (SCIWORA). The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published age-appropriate guidelines (under or over 10 years) in September …

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