Short Tilte:Clinical presentations, medical complications, and functional outcomes of individuals with gunshot wound-induced spinal cord injury
Journal:American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):99, 78, 2, 102-107
Study examining characteristics and outcomes of spinal cord injuries (SCI) resulting from gunshot wounds. Demographic, clinical, and outcome data were collected on 49 individuals with gunshot-wound induced SCI who were found in a review of 217 traumatic SCI rehabilitation admissions to a tertiary care hospital during a 5-year period. Comparisons were made between the gunshot wound-induced SCI and nonviolent traumatic SCI groups. It was found that the two groups differed demographically and in severity of injury, with the gunshot wound-induced SCI group having more paraplegia and complete SCI. However, the two groups had similar lengths of stay, Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scores, and discharge to home rates.