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Therapy of acute spinal cord injury

Wise Young

in Spinal Cord Dysfunction: Volume II: Intervention and Treatment

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780192617873
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192617873.003.0003
Therapy of acute spinal cord injury

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Clinical and laboratory approaches to spinal cord injury maintain the traditional pessimism first expressed in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, which regarded the possibility of recovery from spinal cord injury as being so remote that it recommended letting spinal-injured warriors die. For example, most clinical categorizations of spinal injury segregate patients into two distinct groups: ‘complete’ and ‘incomplete’. The former are assumed not to recover. Medical care focuses on preservation and protection of peripheral organs, while surgical procedures continue to be oriented towards the stabilization of spinal fractures and the prevention of further spinal cord injury. Rehabilitative care of the spinal-injured emphasizes making the best use of residual function.

Keywords: spinal cord injury; perepheral organs; surgical procedure; spinal fracture; rehabilitative care; medical care

Chapter.  13670 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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