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Sports-related injury of the pediatric spine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21094408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Acute spinal injuries are fortunately rare in pediatric sports but can be catastrophic. Imaging is integral to the diagnosis and care of spinal trauma. Plain radiographs and CT are critical for detecting vertebral fracture, and MR imaging is an essential adjunct for evaluating muscular, ligamentous, and spinal cord injury. Back pain is a common complaint among athletes of all ages. The growing spine has unique weaknesses that result in a higher rate of detectable radiologic abnormalities. Disk pathology is less common in children, and is often uniquely associated with fracture of the ring apophyses. Spondylolysis is far more prevalent in youth athletes than in their adult counterparts, requiring a different approach to imaging for assessment of adolescent back pain.
Bradley A Maxfield
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiologic clinics of North America     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1557-8275     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiol. Clin. North Am.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  2011-01-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123703     Medline TA:  Radiol Clin North Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1237-48     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Section of Pediatric Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Clinical Science Center MC 3552, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792-3252, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
Intervertebral Disk Displacement / diagnosis
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
Pediatrics / methods*
Spinal Fractures / diagnosis
Spinal Injuries / diagnosis*
Spine / pathology,  radiography
Spondylolysis / diagnosis
Sports Medicine / methods
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods

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