Short Tilte:Pulmonary function in chronic spinal cord injury: A cross-sectional survey of 222 southern California adult outpatients
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):00, 81, 6, 757-763.
Study evaluating risk factors for respiratory morbidity in adults with spinal cord injury (SCI). Data are from convention spirometric testing of pulmonary function in 222 adults with SCI of less than 1 year duration, not using mechanical respiration, including 98 with quadriplegia and 124 with paraplegia. Results indicate that pulmonary function is compromised in most lesions of the spinal cord, even in those with paraplegia. Factors affecting function loss included completeness of injury, level of injury, duration of injury, and smoking.