42% of 108 Italian pilots who performed 110 ejections on the whole between 1958 and 1979 (80 from F 84, F 86 and G 91 and 30 from F 104) suffered no injury, 19% sustained slight and 25.5% severe damage while 12.8% died. In 24 out of them (21.8%), injuries of the spine, namely 16 fractures, 2 vertebral luxations and 10 bruises plus luxations, were observed. Neurological lesions were found in 12 pilots (11%) traumatic commotion in 6 cases, injuries of the spinal cord in 5 cases, and lesions of the peripheral nerves in 3 cases. The importance of accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of neurological lesions, as well as their evolution, are discussed in the light of the pathogenesis.
|Translated title of the contribution||Traumatic lesions of the nervous system in pilots following bail-out|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Rivista di Medicina Aeronautica e Spaziale|
|Publication status||Published - 1981|
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