COVID-19 and Acute Cervical Spinal Cord Injury - Case Report of 2 Patients: Do We Need to Rethink Our Standard Treatment Strategy?

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  • Study Design: This was a case series. Objective: The authors sought to examine the high-risk population of COVID-positive patients with acute cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) in a large level 1 trauma and tertiary referral center. Summary of Background Data: There are limited studies regarding the surgical management of patients with acute SCI in the setting of the recent coronavirus pandemic. Methods: The authors describe the cases of 2 patients who died from COVID-related complications after acute cervical SCI. Results: Patients with SCI are at increased risk of pulmonary complications. COVID-19 infection represents a double hit in this patient population, increasing potential morbidity and mortality in the perioperative time frame. Careful consideration must be made regarding the timing of potential surgical intervention in the treatment of acute SCI. Conclusions: Nationwide database of COVID-positive patients with acute spinal cord injury should be collected and analyzed to better understand how to manage acute SCI in the COVID-19 era. The authors recommend preoperative discussion in patients with acute cervical SCI with COVID-19, specifically emphasizing the increased risk of respiratory complications and mortality.
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  • Hess MC; Collins CS; Mabry SE; Hicks JW; Levitt EB; Rajaram S
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  • 269
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  • 272
  • Volume

  • 34
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  • 7