Subaxial Cervical Spine Trauma – Some insights about The New Classification System proposed by the AO Spine Study Group

Andrei Fernandes Joaquim, Otávio Turolo da Silva


Classification systems are of paramount importance to compare different treatment modalities, evaluate clinical outcomes and also provide the same language among health career providers [1,2]. The subaxial cervical spine comprises the segments from C3 to C7, which has a similar vertebral morphology and can be grouped together to facilitate classification and treatment [1,2]. Recently, in 2015, the AOSpine Knowledge Forum, proposed a new classification system for subaxial cervical spine injuries [3]. This new system was proposed to offer spinal surgeons a new perspective to better classify these injuries.

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