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Spinal Cord Injury - Current Trends in Acute Management, Function Preservation and Rehabilitation Protocols

Luca Ricciardi

Sapienza University of Rome

The clinical researcher focused on spine and spinal cord disorders. Dr. Ricciardi serves as a guest editor, editorial board member, and reviewer of many indexed journals such as the Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences and Frontiers in Neurooncology, Life, and Cell. He is a co-chairman for SPINE20, the World Congress on Spine Disorders at the G20 conference in Rome, Italy, and an individual delegate at the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies.


Giorgio Lofrese

University of Ferrara

A neurosurgeon specialized in craniocervical junction diseases and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Lofrese was awarded the European Young Researcher Award (AOSpine) and the Young Neurosurgeon Award (WFNS). He is a member of EUROSPINE, SPINE20, and the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies.

Andrea Perna

Gemelli Hospital

Dr. Perna's main fields of study are the pathologies of the spine, with particular attention to spinal deformities, traumatological surgery, and infectious pathologies such as spondylodiscitis. His publications give particular attention to lateral surgery, while his other fields of interest are hand surgery and biomechanics applied to orthopedics.

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Sokol Trungu

Pia Fondazione Cardinal Giovanni Panico

Dr. Trungu completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Neurosurgery at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. His areas of special interest are Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS), complex spine surgery, spine trauma focusing on acute spinal cord injury, primary and secondary spinal tumors, and Neuro-oncology.


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Spinal cord injury represents a relatively frequent clinical scenario that emergency doctors, neuroradiologists, and spine surgeons have to deal with in their daily practice.

Although there are many publications on this topic, a consensus on the preferred management has not been reached yet. In fact, other than clearly surgical or non-surgical patients, there is a non-negligible number of cases where an interdisciplinary discussion is strictly needed, eventually determining a case-by-case treatment selection.

Emergency decompression surgery, often associated with fusion, represents an effective treatment for critical compressions of the spinal cord, while its role in subacute cases is still debated. Different medical managements have been proposed for the acute, subacute, and chronic phases, respectively. Since function preservation is the primary outcome to be pursued, the multidisciplinary case discussion is a fundamental step in the decision-making process. However, a practical guide on the state of the art on spinal cord injury management may result as useful to a large audience of practitioners.

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Date completed: November 4th 2021

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Luca Ricciardi

Sapienza University of Rome

Dr. Ricciardi graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 2013 and finished his residency in Neurosurgery in 2019. In 2017, he completed a fellowship in spinal deformities at the Catholic University of Rome - Italy, and in 2018 he completed a research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, US. He also completed the four-year training course of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies and completed the European Board Exam part-1 for FEBNS. Dr. Ricciardi has authored more than 60 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals. He has been serving as a reviewer for more than 15 scientific journals. He has been awarded as Publons Academy Mentor for training in peer-review, and he has conducted more than 80 certified peer reviews by the date. ( ) In 2021, Dr. Ricciardi was invited as Guest Editor for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses on the Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences, and as Invited Editor on Frontiers in Neurooncology, Life, and Cell. In 2021, Dr. Ricciardi has been nominated co-Chairman and President of the Scientific Committee at SPINE20, the World Congress on Spine Disorders at the G20 conference in Rome, Italy.

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