Atelectasis and pneumonia in acute spinal cord injury

M. J. Fishburn, R. J. Marino, J. F. Ditunno

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The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the high incidence of atelectasis or pneumonia (A/P) in the left lung of acute spinal cord injured (SCI) patients. The study group consisted of 46 consecutive motor complete (Frankel A or B) SCI patients admitted within 48 hours of injury. The ages of the patients ranged from 15 to 72 years. Neurologic levels ranged from C3 to T11. There were 19 high-level quadriplegic patients (HLQ; C3-C5), 11 low-level quadriplegic patients (LLQ; C6-C8), and 16 paraplegic patients (Para; T1-T11). The patients were followed during the first 30 days postinjury for radiographic evidence of A/P lasting more than three days. The time of onset, duration, and location of A/P was determined. Fifty percent (23 of 46) of the patients developed A/P in the first 30 days after their spinal cord injury. The incidence was higher in the HLQ than in the LLQ and Para (74% vs 33%; p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-200
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume71
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Pulmonary Atelectasis
Spinal Cord Injuries
Pneumonia
Spinal Cord
Incidence
Nervous System
Lung
Wounds and Injuries

Keywords

  • Atelectasis
  • Pneumonia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Spinal cord injuries

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  • Rehabilitation

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Fishburn, M. J., Marino, R. J., & Ditunno, J. F. (1990). Atelectasis and pneumonia in acute spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 71(3), 197-200.

Atelectasis and pneumonia in acute spinal cord injury. / Fishburn, M. J.; Marino, R. J.; Ditunno, J. F.

In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 71, No. 3, 1990, p. 197-200.

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Fishburn, MJ, Marino, RJ & Ditunno, JF 1990, 'Atelectasis and pneumonia in acute spinal cord injury', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol. 71, no. 3, pp. 197-200.
Fishburn, M. J. ; Marino, R. J. ; Ditunno, J. F. / Atelectasis and pneumonia in acute spinal cord injury. In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 1990 ; Vol. 71, No. 3. pp. 197-200.
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