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  • Dysphagia and Aspiration Risks in the Elderly Rochester, Minn.

    The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence of swallowing disorders and the risk for aspiration in elderly patients who have cervical spine fractures.

  • Surgical Repair versus Non-Surgical Management of C2 Odontoid Process Fractures in Patients 80 Years and Older Rochester, Minn.

    The purpose of this study is to document short and long term death rates following odontoid process (neck) fracture in patients age 80 and older, comparing between surgical repair and non-surgery treatments.

  • The Epidemiology, Process and Outcomes of Spine Oncology (EPOSO) Rochester, Minn.

    The main purpose of this study is to utilize a comprehensive, prospective clinical database to collect patient, diagnostic and treatment variables along with disease specific and generic health related quality of life (HRQOL) data on consecutively treated patients with metastatic spine tumors. The objectives are to determine the validity and reliability of the Spine Cancer Outcomes Questionnaire (SCOQ) for use in the assessment of spine tumor outcomes, to determine if the Spine Instability Neoplastic Score (SINS) Classification is a valid tool for predicting the stability of spine in metastatic spine disease, and to determine the efficacy of surgery versus radiotherapy for the treatment of impending instability secondary to metastatic disease of the spine.

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