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ISSN: 2165-7939

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Research Article

Epidemiology of Spinal Cord Injury in Bangladesh: A Five Year Observation from a Rehabilitation Center

Akhlasur Rahman1, Shahoriar Ahmed1, Rebeka Sultana2, Farjana Taoheed1, Amin Andalib3 and Yasir Arafat SM4*

1Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), PO CRP-Chapain, Bangladesh

2New Deep clinic and Diagnostic Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh

3Department of Surgery, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh

4Department of Psychiatry, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

*Corresponding Author:
Yasir Arafat SM
Department of Psychiatry, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib
Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
[email protected]

Received date: April 06, 2017; Accepted date: April 11, 2017; Published date: April 14, 2017

Citation: Rahman A, Ahmed S, Sultana R, Taoheed F, Andalib A, et al. (2017) Epidemiology of Spinal Cord Injury in Bangladesh: A Five Year Observation from a Rehabilitation Center. J Spine 6:367. doi:10.4172/2165-7939.1000367

Copyright: © 2017 Rahman A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: Spinal Cord injury, whether traumatic or non-traumatic, is a devastating and debilitating neurological condition and the incidence of spinal cord injury is increasing with time. It was aimed to look into the epidemiology of spinal cord injury in Bangladesh as a preliminary step towards the prevention of this condition and the related complications.

Methods: Records of all admitted patients with spinal injuries from January 2011 to June 2016 were collected from the medical records of the Center for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) hospital. Records were found of total 2184 respondents and data were analyzed by Statistical Package of Social Science (SPSS) 16 version and Microsoft Excel Software 2007 version.

Results: Among 2184 respondents 86.8% (n=1897) were male; most of the patients were in their 3rd decade which consisted 25.7%, 1513 (69.2%) of the respondent were from rural area. About 52% (n=1136) had the diagnosis of traumatic paraplegia and 42.6% (n=932) had traumatic tetraplegia. 992 of the participants (45.4%) had fall from height and Road traffic accident was the second common cause having the distribution of 567 patients (25.9%). Regarding the extent of injury, 59.8% (n=1292) participants had complete injury that is category A in ASIA scale.

Conclusion: Despite being a single center based study, this extensive epidemiological data can direct as a base line and further large scale study would better to generalize the result.


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