Author(s): Katoh S, el Masry WS
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Abstract We reviewed a series of 53 patients with closed traumatic complete injuries of the cervical spinal cord. They were admitted within two days to a spinal injuries centre, treated conservatively by six weeks of bedrest and skull traction, then mobilised in a neck support for six weeks. Eight patients had temporary neurological deterioration, four spontaneously and four after cervical manipulation; seven of these recovered to the initial neurological level without surgery. Of 40 patients followed for more than 12 months, 19 recovered useful motor power in local muscles which were initially paralysed (zonal recovery); one patient showed distal motor recovery. Zonal recovery did not correlate with the mechanism of skeletal injury or with the degree of residual canal stenosis. Sensory sparing and an initial neurological level higher than the level of skeletal injury were both good prognostic signs for zonal recovery.
This article was published in J Bone Joint Surg Br
and referenced in Journal of Spine