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
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Paralysis
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Therapeutics
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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Surgery

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Complete sensorimotor paralysis after cord injury : Mortality, recovery, and therapeutic implications. / Ducker, Thomas B.; Russo, G. Lee; Bellegarrique, Roberto; Lucas, John T.

In: Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care, Vol. 19, No. 11, 1979, p. 837-840.

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Ducker, Thomas B. ; Russo, G. Lee ; Bellegarrique, Roberto ; Lucas, John T. / Complete sensorimotor paralysis after cord injury : Mortality, recovery, and therapeutic implications. In: Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care. 1979 ; Vol. 19, No. 11. pp. 837-840.
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