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Highlights from the latest SPAQI Newsletter:
Assessing the Cervical Spine (c-spine) preoperatively: When to order a Flexion /extension lateral c-spine X-Ray? by Deborah C Richman MBChB FFA (SA)
Airway management is a primary function of anesthesiologists. Many cervical spine pathologies may affect this management and present risks to the patient. Commonly we see patients with acute cervical trauma, cervical degenerative disc disease and previous c-spine fusions. In addition, it is important to remember that certain syndromes (Down’s/Hurler/Morquio/Achondroplasia etc) and diseases (Rheumatoid Arthritis) are associated with c-spine pathology and instability.