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Breaking the Mold: Surgical Exploration for Spinal Impalement Injury Without Neurological Deficit – Published Article

The article discusses the surgical management of a spinal stab wound injury in a 32-year-old male patient. Spinal cord injuries from violent confrontations, such as knife injuries, are a significant burden on society. Surgical exploration, decompression, and removal of the foreign body are currently recommended for patients with spinal stab wounds and neurologic impairment. In this case, radiographs and CT scans revealed a broken knife blade with a midline trajectory in the lumbar spine. The patient underwent surgery, and the knife was successfully extracted without complications. Subsequent MRI showed no signs of cerebrospinal fluid leak, and the patient did not experience any sensorimotor deficit. The article emphasizes the importance of following the acute trauma life support procedure and conducting appropriate investigations before attempting foreign object removal in cases of penetrating spinal trauma. This case highlights a successful surgical management outcome for a spinal stab wound injury

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Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are a significant burden on society, particularly affecting the working population. Traumatic SCI can result from violent confrontations, involving firearms, knives, or edged weapons. Although surgical techniques for these injuries are not well defined, surgical exploration, decompression, and removal of the foreign body are currently indicated for patients with spinal stab wound injuries with neurologic impairment. We present a case of a 32-year-old male patient who…

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Cureus. 2023 May 31;15(5):e39785. doi: 10.7759/cureus.39785. eCollection 2023 May.ABSTRACTSpinal cord injuries (SCI) are a significant burden on society, particularly affecting the working population. Traumatic SCI can result from violent confrontations, involving firearms, knives, or edged weapons. Although surgical techniques for these injuries are not well defined, surgical exploration, decompression, and removal of the foreign body,

Cureus. 2023 May 31;15(5):e39785. doi: 10.7759/cureus.39785. eCollection 2023 May.

ABSTRACT

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are a significant burden on society, particularly affecting the working population. Traumatic SCI can result from violent confrontations, involving firearms, knives, or edged weapons. Although surgical techniques for these injuries are not well defined, surgical exploration, decompression, and removal of the foreign body are currently indicated for patients with spinal stab wound injuries with neurologic impairment. We present a case of a 32-year-old male patient who presented to the emergency department with a stab injury with a knife. Radiographs and CT scans revealed a broken knife blade with a midline trajectory in the lumbar spine, moving toward the vertebral body of L2 occupying less than 10% of the intramedullary canal. The patient underwent surgery, and the knife was successfully extracted without any complications. Post-operative MRI showed no signs of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, and the patient did not exhibit any sensorimotor deficit. The acute trauma life support (ATLS) procedure must be followed while treating a patient with penetrating spinal trauma with or without neurological impairment. After availing appropriate investigations, any attempt to remove a foreign object should be done. Although spinal stab wound injuries are uncommon in developed nations, they continue to be a source of traumatic cord damage in underdeveloped countries. Our case highlights the successful surgical management of a spinal stab wound injury with a good outcome.

PMID:37398750 | PMC:PMC10313089 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.39785

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Breaking the Mold: Surgical Exploration for Spinal Impalement Injury Without Neurological Deficit

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Cureus. 2023 May 31;15(5):e39785. doi: 10.7759/cureus.39785. eCollection 2023 May.ABSTRACTSpinal cord injuries (SCI) are a significant burden on society, particularly affecting the working population. Traumatic SCI can result from violent confrontations, involving firearms, knives, or edged weapons. Although surgical techniques for these injuries are not well defined, surgical exploration, decompression, and removal of the foreign body

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