Hyperacute stabilization (<12 hours) for polytrauma patients with unstable spinal fractures

Rory K.J. Murphy, Yizheng He, Muhammad Janjua, Douglas Schuerer, Wilson Z. Ray, Neill Wright

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BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to validate the safety of hyperacute stabilization. METHODS: Patient demographics, American Spinal Injury Association (Asia) grade on initial evaluation and serial follow up grades, hospital length of stay, Intensive Care Unit length of stay, intraoperative blood loss, postoperative length of stay, comorbidities, Injury Severity Score and complications of recumbency were recorded. RESULTS: Corroborating previous studies, our study shows polytrauma patients undergoing a hyperacute stabilization of a spinal fracture displayed a trend towards better neurological outcome and decreased hospital stays while having a similar complication rate to those operated on in a delayed fashion. CONCLUSIONS: Hyperacute stabilization can be associated with improved Asia grades even in complete injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of neurosurgical sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2016


  • Polytrauma
  • Spine fractures
  • Surgical decompression


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