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Intracranial bleed complicating the use of Crutchfield tongs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16557195     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Skeletal traction using the metal tongs attached to the skull is commonly used in the management of the fracture dislocation of the cervical spine. Rare complication of this procedure, the intracranial bleed has scantily being reported in the English literature. We report a case of such a complication in a 105 years old man who required Crutchfield application following fall. Presenting symptoms consisted of sudden deterioration of sensorium, with fatal outcome.
N Awasthy; K Chand
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurosurgical sciences     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0390-5616     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neurosurg Sci     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-24     Completed Date:  2006-07-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0432557     Medline TA:  J Neurosurg Sci     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
AIIMS, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, India.
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MeSH Terms
Accidental Falls
Aged, 80 and over
Cervical Vertebrae / injuries
Dislocations / therapy
Fatal Outcome
Intracranial Hemorrhages / etiology*
Spinal Fractures / therapy*
Traction / adverse effects*

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