Short Tilte:Smoking and obstructive lung dysfunction in persons with chronic spinal cord injury
Journal:Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):03, 26, 1, 28-35
Study examined the relationship between measures of forced vital capacity and the risk for developing obstructive lung dysfunction in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Lung function data from patients at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New York (NY) and the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles (LA) were analyzed in relation to their age, SCI characteristics, and smoking status. NY smokers showed a significant decline in forced vital capacity with increasing age. LA current smokers, who were generally younger and smoked less, showed a less clear age-related decline. NY and LA former smokers and those who never smoked showed no significant age-related declines, except that NY former smokers with paraplegia showed borderline-significant excess age-related decline, which was less than that in NY current smokers.