Pediatric Cervical Spine Clearance: A Consensus Statement and Algorithm from the Pediatric Cervical Spine Clearance Working Group.

Herman MJ, Brown KO, Sponseller PD, Phillips JH, Petrucelli PM, Parikh DJ, Mody KS, Leonard JC, Moront M, Brockmeyer DL, Anderson RCE, Alder AC, Anderson JT, Bernstein RM, Booth TN, Braga BP, Cahill PJ, Joglar JM, Martus JE, Nesiama JO, Pahys JM, Rathjen KE, Riccio AI, Schulz JF, Stans AA, Shah MI, Warner WC Jr, Yaszay B. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Jan 2;101(1):e1. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.18.00217.

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The Pediatric Cervical Spine Clearance Working Group, a subgroup of the Pediatric Cervical Spine Study Group, created a consensus statement for pediatric cervical spine clearance. They defined pediatric cervical spine clearance as “the process by which a child with a suspected CSI undergoes clinical evaluation (history and physical examination) and, in select cases, is evaluated by diagnostic imaging to determine that a CSI has not occurred.” The Work Group used the consensus statement to develop an algorithm to guide protocols for cervical spine clearance. This algorithm is presented as a Figure in the document.

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