SCIWORA: An antiquated acronym

Eric M. Horn, Nicholas Theodore, Volker K.H. Sonntag

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SCIWORA is used to describe occult spinal cord injuries without bony abnormalities in traumatically injured patients. The pathophysiology diverges between adult and pediatric populations, which also determines the treatment. Since the use of magnetic resonance imaging became more common in these patients, cases without imaging abnormalities are rare. Thus, the term SCIWORA is no longer appropriate and is useful for historical purposes only.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-48
Number of pages3
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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