Transient Quadriplegia: A Case-Based Approach to Cervical Trauma
- Author(s): Jabola, Raymond
- Boswell, Benjamin
- Lutz, Robert H.
- Casey, Jack
- Ceraulo, Anthony
- et al.
Introduction: Spinal cord injuries are a common reason for presentation to the emergency department (ED). Sports-related spinal injuries are one of the least common spinal injuries, falling behind vehicular accidents, acts of violence, and falls.
Case Report: This case report describes a case of transient quadriplegia in a 17-year-old male who presented to the ED after a helmet-to-helmet collision while participating in football.
Conclusion: Emergency physicians should be cognizant of potential spinal cord injury using clinical decision tools and radiologic imaging to properly disposition a patient presenting with cervical spine injury.