Nail gun injury of the trachea and spinal cord
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Nail gun injury of the trachea and spinal cord


Case Presentation A 26-year-old man was impaled by a nail after a nail gun accident. He was fully conscious with weakness and loss of sensation in the extremities. Cervical computed tomography showed a 9-cm long nail penetrating the spinal cord. The nail was removed 6 hours after the incident. The neurological deficits gradually improved, and at the 3-month follow-up, the patient had completely recovered from muscle weakness. Discussion The present case showed a favorable neurological course, which was be attributable to the fact that the cervical spinal cord injury did not involve the corticospinal tracts and anterior horn.

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