Cervical Spine Fracture Evaluation Medication

Updated: Aug 18, 2017
  • Author: Moira Davenport, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Administer steroids to any patient with blunt cervical spine injury and associated neurologic symptoms of less than 8 hours in onset.

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Corticosteroids

Class Summary

Agents have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound, varied metabolic effects. In addition, these agents modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol, Depo-Medrol, Medrol, A-Methapred)

Decrease inflammation by suppressing the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversing increased capillary permeability.

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