Altieri R,Citarelli C,Cofano F,Zenga F,Ducati A,Garbossa D
Polytrauma is a syndrome with multiple injuries of defined severity. Patients with chest injuries have a higher possibility to have a spine trauma. In patient with vertebral fracture the prevalence of concomitant thoracic injuries is 2.9%. Thoracic trauma is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in polytraumatized patient and acute spinal cord injury is one of the most causes of disability expecially in young people. Although this nosological entity is very common, it is not very described in literature. In this article we affirm that after respiratory stabilization, spine surgery, if it is needed, must be affected early to avoid neurological disability.