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Is there a difference between narrowing of the spinal canal and neurological deficits comparing Denis and Magerl classifications?

van Middendorp, Joost, Goss, Benjamin G., Williams, Richard P., & Schuetz, Michael (2011) Is there a difference between narrowing of the spinal canal and neurological deficits comparing Denis and Magerl classifications? Spinal Cord.

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Abstract

We have read with great interest the retrospective study by Caffaro and Avanzi1 evaluating the relation between narrowing of the spinal canal and neurological deficits in patients with burst-type fractures of the spine. The authors are to be commended for obtaining detailed neurological and radiological data in a large cohort of 227 patients. The authors conclude: “The percentage of narrowing of the spinal canal proved to be a pre-disposing factor for the severity of the neurological status in thoracolumbar and lumbar burst-type fractures according to the classifications of Denis and Magerl.” Although this conclusion is mainly in accordance with previous findings, we would like to comment on the methodological approach applied in the current study.

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ID Code: 42307
Item Type: Other
Keywords: Spinal canal, Neurology, Denis and Magerl classifications
DOI: 10.1038/sc.2011.35
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NEUROSCIENCES (110900) > Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases (110904)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Nature Publishing Group
Deposited On: 06 Sep 2011 08:33
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 17:29

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