Complications with use of the Stryker frame.

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Abstract

Roentgenograms were made of two patients with acute dislocations of the cervical spine who were undergoing treatment on Stryker frames with cervical traction. Losses of reduction were evident when the patients were turned from the supine to the prone position. The pulmonary vital capacity of patients with complete traumatic quadriplegia consistently decreased when they were turned to the prone position. Prolonged supine positioning of patients on the Stryker frame also caused occipital decubitus ulcers.

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