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21 August 2011

Spinal cord injury: Study offers new way to predict who will walk again (The Dana Foundation Website - 14 April 2011)

Dana_logo A new testing protocol may help neurologists predict which individuals with severe spinal injuries will walk again. 


Each year, thousands of Americans come to trauma centers across the country with devastating spinal cord injuries, often as the result of an automobile accident. Many die before they reach the hospital; for the survivors, recovery can vary significantly. Once a patient is stabilized after injury, the next question is invariably whether he or she will walk again. A study published in the March 19 issue of The Lancet suggests four simple measures may help physicians predict ambulation outcomes in these individuals with greater than 95 percent accuracy...

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