Short Tilte:Late neurologic recovery after traumatic spinal cord injury
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):04, 85, 11, 1811-1817
Article presents data on neurologic status at 1 and 5 years after a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Patient data were collected and analyzed to determine the degree of late conversion (after 1 year postinjury) from a neurologically complete to an incomplete lesion, and to compare the motor level, motor index scoring, and neurologic level of injury, from 1 year postinjury to the evaluation at year 5. Ninety-four percent of patients who had a neurologically complete injury at 1 year remained complete at 5-year follow-up. People with complete and incomplete injuries had similar improvements in motor level, but subjects with an incomplete injury had a greater chance of improvements in neurologic level of injury and motor index scores.