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A Blast of Mistakes: Undiagnosed Cervical Spondylolisthesis Following a Bomb Explosion.

A Blast of Mistakes: Undiagnosed Cervical Spondylolisthesis Following a Bomb Explosion.
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Caruso R, Marrocco L, Piccione E, Wierzbicki V,


Caruso R, Marrocco L, Piccione E, Wierzbicki V, (click to view)

Caruso R, Marrocco L, Piccione E, Wierzbicki V,

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The American journal of case reports 2017 03 3018() 320-323
Abstract

BACKGROUND A case of spinal trauma had an unusual clinical course due to medical mistakes, from which we can learn some important lessons. CASE REPORT We report a case of spondylolisthesis following a bomb explosion, which went undiagnosed for a long time because of a series of mistakes that are highlighted in this article. What makes this case unique is that the spondylolisthesis developed during hospital stay, but the patient had no loss of mobility, strength, or sensitivity. CONCLUSIONS This case shows that establishing the conditions of an organ or a body part upon admission to hospital may not be enough when a patient has suffered extensive and serious trauma, and that it is necessary to carry out more checkups over time, especially if there are new clues and symptoms.

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