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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 741--759

The 100 Most-Cited Papers in Traumatic Injury of the Spine

1 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, NYU-Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, New York; Department of Neurological Surgery, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
2 Department of Neurological Surgery, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
3 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, NYU-Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, New York, USA

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Dr. Manish K Kasliwal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.293470

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Background: Traumatic injury to the spine can be a complex diagnostic and therapeutic entity often with devastating consequences. Outside of the isolated vertebral column injury costs; annual costs associated with spinal cord injury (SCI) are estimated to exceed $9.7 billion. Objective: To identify the 100 most-cited articles on spine trauma. Methods: The Thomson Reuters Web of Science citation indexing service was queried. The articles were sorted by times cited in descending order. Two independent reviewers reviewed the article titles and abstracts to identify the top 100 most-cited articles. Results: The top 100 articles were found to be cited between 108 (articles #99-100) and 1595 times (article #1). The most-cited basic science article was cited 340 times (#12 on the top 100 list). The oldest article on the top 100 list was from 1953 and most recent from 2012. The number of patients, when applicable, in a study ranged from 9 (article #34) to 34,069 (article #5). Top 100 articles were published in 41 different journals with a wide range of specialities and fields most commonly multidisciplinary. Basic science research encompassed 34 of the 100 articles on the list. Conclusions: We present the 100 most-cited articles in spinal trauma with emphases on important contributions from both basic science and clinical research across a wide range of authors, specialties, patient populations, and countries. Recognizing some of the most important contributions in the field of spinal trauma may provide insight and guide future work.


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