SCIWORA: An Antiquated Acronym
SCIWORA is used to describe occult spinal cord injuries without bony abnormalities in traumatically injured patients. The pathophysiology diverges between adult and pediatric populations, which also determines the treatment. Since the use of magnetic resonance imaging became more common in these patients, cases without imaging abnormalities are rare. Thus, the term SCIWORA is no longer appropriate and is useful for historical purposes only. Â© 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Seminars in Spine Surgery
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Horn, Eric M.; Theodore, Nicholas; and Sonntag, Volker K.H., "SCIWORA: An Antiquated Acronym" (2005). Neurosurgery. 373.