About the book
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.