Complete sensorimotor paralysis after cord injury: Mortality, recovery, and therapeutic implications

Thomas B. Ducker, G. Lee Russo, Roberto Bellegarrique, John T. Lucas

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Abstract

In 273 completely paralyzed cord injured patients, the 1-year mortality was 34% in the patients with cervical fractures and 7% in the patients with thoracic and thoracolumbar fractures. Recovery of useful motor function return occurred in 6.7% of the cervical and 11% of the thoracic and thoracolumbar patients; only 1% of the patient population became completely normal. No specific treatment could be singled out as aiding recovery. A case with recovery from complete paralysis after C5-6 fracture-dislocation is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)837-840
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume19
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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