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Specific injuries of the upper cervical spine and the cervicothoracic junction are discussed in chapter 6. 2 Cone (left), Gardner-Wells (upper right), and University of Virginia (lower right) calipers. 3 Reduction of a C4–5 bilateral facet dislocation due to severe flexion injury. 5 hours to 25 kg ((1)–(4)). (5) shows the final position after 4 hours with head extended and weight reduced to 4 kg traction. The neurological level improved from C5 to C6. (4) (5) A traction force of 3–5 kg is normally applied to the calipers in fractures of the lower cervical spine without dislocation.
SPC is increasingly used as a method of bladder drainage in the first few weeks after SCI, and is the personal preference of many patients in the long term. Fluid restriction is unnecessary—an intake of 3 litres per day may help reduce the risk of blockage. 4 Catheter complications: egg shell calculus. Urological management Although SPC avoids risks to the urethra and allows greater sexual freedom, it shares many of the other unwanted side effects of permanent urethral catheterisation. Blockage by sediment, and in hyperreflexic patients, by lumenal compression and mucosal plugging results in “bypassing”, and in high cord lesions, the associated bladder spasm frequently results in episodes of autonomic dysreflexia.
8 Detrusor-distal sphincter dyssynergia. 5 Effects of detrusor-distal sphincter dyssynergia High bladder pressures ▼ Vesico-ureteric reflux ▼ Hydronephrosis Incomplete bladder emptying ▼ Recurrent urinary tract infections ▼ Pyelonephritis ▼ Chronic renal failure Later management In many patients the early management of the urinary tract merges with the long-term plan. With the increasing use of suprapubic catheters at an initial stage, many tetraplegic patients are discharged into the community content not to alter this method of bladder management.