Characteristics of combat-related spine injuries: A review of recent literature

Joshua D. Bernstock, Connor M. Caples, Scott C. Wagner, Daniel G. Kang, Ronald A. Lehman

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Injuries to the spinal column in combat casualties sustained during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are common, and the highest in reported wartime history. High-energy blast mechanisms from improved explosive devices have resulted in complex polytrauma and injury patterns, which are often markedly different from those injuries encountered in civilian trauma. Herein, we review the most current literature with regard to the distinct types of combat-related spine injuries/concomitant comorbidities sustained in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-512
Number of pages10
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


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