Author: Luke Phillips

Fast Friday #6 – Spinal Injury

A 30 year old bricklayer has fallen 3m off scaffolding onto the hard ground below and has been unable to mobilise since the incident. The patient presents complaining of back pain with associated altered motor function and sensation to his lower limbs. He is GCS 15 and his vital signs read a BP 80/40 mmHg, Heart Rate 47bpm, Oxygen Saturations of 100% on room air and his temperature is 37 degrees Celsius. He has warm hands and feet. On examination you notice that power of his lower limbs is 0/5 in all myotomes and he cannot appreciate sensation below the dermatome level of T4.

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