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Contusion of the cervical spinal cord following dental treatment of a patient at risk to stroke: A case report


Barbe, Anna Greta; Noack, Michael Johannes; Barbe, Michael Thomas; Nitschke, Ina (2018). Contusion of the cervical spinal cord following dental treatment of a patient at risk to stroke: A case report. Gerodontology, 35(1):63-65.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES
It is essential that especially elderly patients are correctly positioned in dental chairs, based on medical history and careful observation.
METHOD
We report a case where reclination of the patient's head resulted in weakness of the limbs.
RESULTS
Subsequent investigation determined traumatic contusion of the cervical spinal cord.
CONCLUSIONS
This case highlights the need for accurate anamnesis, close observation and interdisciplinary communication to determine correct positioning. Exceptional circumstances necessitate speedy response to minimise adverse events in elderly patients.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES
It is essential that especially elderly patients are correctly positioned in dental chairs, based on medical history and careful observation.
METHOD
We report a case where reclination of the patient's head resulted in weakness of the limbs.
RESULTS
Subsequent investigation determined traumatic contusion of the cervical spinal cord.
CONCLUSIONS
This case highlights the need for accurate anamnesis, close observation and interdisciplinary communication to determine correct positioning. Exceptional circumstances necessitate speedy response to minimise adverse events in elderly patients.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Klinik für Allgemein-, Behinderten- und Seniorenzahnmedizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > General Dentistry
Health Sciences > Geriatrics and Gerontology
Language:English
Date:March 2018
Deposited On:22 Feb 2019 14:07
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 09:40
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0734-0664
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/ger.12316
PubMed ID:29392790

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