, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 430-432
Date: 12 Nov 2011

The Incomplete Picture of Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

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Introduction

Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating and debilitating condition that largely affects young adults in the prime of their lives. There are roughly 12,000 cases of spinal cord injuries each year, and over 250,000 people with traumatic spinal cord injury are living in the USA [1]. Increasing life expectancy of spinal cord injured patients has lead to an increased worldwide prevalence of SCI, which is now approaching two million, and now approximately $4 billion dollars are spent annually in the acute treatment and chronic care of spinal cord-injured individuals [1]. Despite the immense impact of SCI at a personal and societal level, treatment aimed at attenuating the initial degree of neurologic injury and reducing patients’ future dependency are lacking, particularly in comparison to the resources that have been directed toward the management of head injury. Currently, no study has conclusively demonstrated the effectiveness of early spinal cord decompression, n