Blunt Traumatic Cervical Vascular Injury Without any Modified Denver Criteria.
Blunt traumatic cervical vascular injury (BCVI) is challenging to recognize, but it is a potentially devastating entity that warrants attention from emergency physicians. Injury to the vertebral or carotid artery can result in a delayed manifestation of neurologic injury that may be preventable if promptly recognized and treated. The modified Denver Criteria are frequently used to guide imaging decisions for BCVI; however, injuries can still be missed. We present a case of BCVI in a trauma patient whose initial presentation evaded standard screening criteria, illustrating the need for a high index of suspicion for BCVI in blunt trauma.
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Ritter, J. T., & Kraus, C. K. (2018). Blunt Traumatic Cervical Vascular Injury Without any Modified Denver Criteria. Clinical practice and cases in emergency medicine, 2(3), 200–202. https://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2018.4.37719
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Emergency Medicine