Epidemiology of spinal trauma—regional differences

Andrei Fernandes Joaquim


Recently, Ouden et al. reported the epidemiology of spinal fractures in a level one Trauma Center in the Netherlands (1). A total of 3,029 spinal fractures in 1,479 patients were reported from 2007 to 2016 with a prospective register. Over time, they also reported a large increase in amount of fracture in patients older than 65 years (compared to younger people), as well as almost 41% of female in their sample (1). Most fractures occurred in the thoracic spine and the most common cause was secondary to fall from height. Additionally, another interesting finding was only 8.5% of spinal cord injury.