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    Subaxial Injury Classification and Severity Scale (SLICS)

    Classifies subaxial cervical spine injury and provides treatment recommendations.

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    May be used with x-ray or MRI.

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    MRI may show signal change in minor injuries and can lead to over-reporting of injuries (worse scores).

    No abnormality
    0
    Compression
    +1
    Burst
    +2
    Distraction (e.g. facet perch, hyperextension)
    +3
    Rotation/translation (e.g. facet dislocation, unstable teardrop or advance-stage flexion compression injury)
    +4
    Intact
    0
    Indeterminate (e.g. isolated interspinous widening, MRI signal changes only)
    +1
    Disrupted (e.g. widening of the disk space, facet perch or dislocation, kyphotic deformity)
    +2
    Intact
    0
    Root injury
    +1
    Complete cord injury
    +2
    Incomplete cord injury
    +3

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    Creator Insights
    Dr. Alpesh A. Patel

    About the Creator

    Alpesh A. Patel, MD, FACS, is a professor of orthopaedic surgery at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He is also the director of orthopaedic spine surgery at Northwestern University. Dr. Patel’s research focuses primarily on cervical spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preserving spine surgery, and disc replacement.

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