Treatment of Cervical Spine Fractures with Halo Vest Method in Children and Young People Ryszard Tomaszewski, Marta Pyzińska Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2014; 16(5):449-454 ICID: 1128834
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Background. The Halo Vest method is a non-invasive treatment of cervical spine fractures. It is successfully applied in adults, which is supported by numerous studies, but has rarely been used among children and young people. There is little published research in this field. The aim of the paper is to present the effectiveness of Halo Vest external fixation in children and to evaluate the complication rate of this method.
Material and methods. A retrospective study of 6 patients with cervical spine fractures with an average age of 13.3 years (range: 10 to 17 years) treated with Halo Vest external fixation between 2004 and 2013. The type and cause of fracture, treatment outcome and complications were evaluated.
Results. The average duration of follow-up was 55 months. In 5 cases, the treatment result was satisfactory. In one case, there were complications in the form of an external infection around the cranial pins.
Conclusions. 1. The Halo Vest system can be applied as a non-operative method of treating cervical spine fractures in children and young people. 2. The criteria of eligibility for specific types of cervical spine fracture treatment in children and young people require further investigation, especially with regard to eliminating complications.
DOI 10.5604/15093492.1128834 PMID 25406918 - click here to show this article in PubMed