Short Tilte:Long-term medical complications after traumatic spinal cord injury: A regional model systems analysis
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):99, 80, 11, 1402-1410
Study of incidence, risk factors, and trends for long-term secondary medical complications after traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Data from the National SCI Statistical Center on patients injured 1973-1998 were reviewed. Complications examined included pneumonia/atelectasis, autonomic dysreflexia, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pressure ulcers, fractures, and renal calculi. Pressure ulcers, autonomic dysreflexia, and pneumonia/atelectasis were found to be the most common secondary complications. Risk factors included complete injury, tetraplegia, older age, concomitant illness, and violent injury.