What is the role of CT studies in the workup of drowning?

Updated: Jun 19, 2019
  • Author: G Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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A cervical spine radiograph or computed tomography (CT) scan is indicated in individuals with a history of possible cervical trauma or with neck pain or if doubt exists about the circumstances surrounding the submersion injury. Noncontrast head CT scanning is also indicated in an individual with altered mental status and a suggestive or unclear history.


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