EPIDEMIOLOGY OF SPINAL TRAUMA SURGICALLY TREATED AT THE UNICAMP HOSPITAL DAS CLÍNICAS

ABSTRACT Objective: To report the epidemiological profile of patients operated for treatment of spinal trauma in the UNICAMP Hospital das Clínicas. Methods: Patients older than 14 years with spinal trauma operated in the service from 2012 to 2017 with complete radiological and clinical data were evaluated. Results: A total of 143 patients were included, 120 men and 23 women, with a mean age of 37.8 years. Falls from height (32%), motorcycle (26%) and car accidents (24%) were the most common trauma mechanisms. The most affected vertebral level was C6 (11%) and most patients (55%) had some neurological deficits. The overall postoperative complication rate was 23%. Conclusions: Spinal trauma has a high socioeconomic impact due to its high morbidity and mortality, and it is necessary to study its epidemiology for the development of public policies for prevention and treatment financing. Level of Evidence: III. Type of study: Retrospective study.