Short Tilte:Comparison of medical complications following nontraumatic and traumatic spinal cord injury
Journal:Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):02, 25, 1, 88-93
Study compares the incidence of medical complications secondary to spinal cord injury (SCI) in patients with nontraumatic and traumatic SCI. Prospective data collected included medical complications, injury characteristics, demographics, and rehabilitation outcomes. Individuals with traumatic SCI developed medical complications at a higher frequency in the following areas: deep vein thrombosis, pressure ulcers, autonomic dysreflexia, pneumonia, orthostatic hypotension, and spasticity. Individuals with nontraumatic SCI were more likely to have wound infections during rehabilitation. No significant differences were found between the 2 groups in the incidence of depression, urinary tract infection, heterotopic ossification, pain at admission, and gastrointestinal bleeding.