Spinal cord lesion management in Italy: A 2-year survey

M. C. Pagliacci, M. G. Celani, L. Spizzichino, M. Zampolini, S. Aito, A. Citterio, G. Finali, D. Loria, S. Ricci, M. Taricco, M. Franceschini

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Design: Prospective 2-year survey from I February 1997 to 31 January 1999. Objectives: To compare the route from injury to rehabilitation, and the outcome of care in a large sample of traumatic (T) and nontraumatic (NT) spinal cord lesion (SCL) patients at their 'first admission'. Setting: T and NT SCI patients consecutively admitted to 37 SCL centres in Italy. Method: Data were recorded on simple, computerised, closed-question forms, which were Centrally collected and analysed. Descriptive and inferential analysis was conducted to define the characteristics and compare the T and NT populations, and to identify correlations among the variables examined: time from the event to admission (TEA); pressure sores (PS) on admission; length of stay (LoS) and destination on discharge. Results: A total of 1014 SCL patients, 67.5% with a lesion of T and 32.5% of NT aetiology were analysed. The subjects in the T group were younger (median 34 versus 58 years), with higher probability of cervical involvement (OR 2.47, CI 1.8-3.4) and completeness of the lesion (OR 3.0, CI 2.3-4.0), shorter median TEA(37 versus 64 days, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-628
Number of pages9
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003


  • Epidemiology
  • Nontraumatic spinal cord lesion
  • Outcome
  • Pressure sores
  • Traumatic spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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