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Subaxial cervical trauma - B1

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Glossary

General considerations

Type B1 injuries are transverse bony lesions only.

These injuries are very rare in the cervical spine and are mainly treated conservatively or with posterior fixation.

Nonoperative (collars)
Main indication Skill Equipment
Minor B1 fractures; unconscious patient Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic equipment only

Indications:

  • Minor B1 fractures
  • Unconscious patients

Contraindications:

  • Burns or other skin lesions
  • Excessive posterior bony gap
  • Spinal cord injury
Cervical spine - posterior fixation
Main indication Skill Equipment
Excessive posterior bony gap, polytrauma, SCI Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

Indications:

  • Excessive posterior bony gap
  • Polytrauma
  • Spinal cord injury

Contraindications

  • General surgical contraindications
*Skill
Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills
Some specialized surgical experience Some specialized surgical experience
Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Highly experienced and skilled surgeon
*Equipment
Basic equipment only Basic equipment only
Simple surgical and imaging resources Simple surgical and imaging resources
Full specialized surgical and imaging resources Full specialized surgical and imaging resources