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Spinal fracture classification, p. 262; Spine - C3 to C7, p. 269; Spine - occiput to C2, p. 272; Spine - thoracic and lumbar fractures, p. 275

Sixty per cent of spinal cord injuries involve the cervical spine. The most commonly injured levels are CI, followed in order of frequency by C5, 6 and 7. Historically, 33% of patients with a significant cervical spinal injury were transported to hospital without immobilization. The factors predisposing to delayed diagnosis are altered consciousness, head injury and inadequate radiographic visualization of the cervical spine.

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