Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

ASIA Impairment Scale

  • Amitabh JhaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1793


ASIA (American Spinal Injury Association) exam; Frankel scale; International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury


The International Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI (ISNCSCI) is a widely accepted and readily administered guide to document neurological function after spinal cord injury (SCI) and is intended to be a standard for measuring neurological outcomes in both clinical and research settings. Briefly, these standards utilize a two-step process consisting of a specific neurological examination followed by a classification procedure based on the results of the exam. The systematic neurological examination assesses sensory and motor function of each spinal segmental level. Sensation of light touch and pinprick (PP) stimuli is scored as 0 for absent, 1 for impaired, and 2 for normal. Motor function is scored on a scale of 0 for total paralysis to 5 for normal strength. All 28 dermatomes are tested bilaterally for sensory...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TBIMS National Data and Statistical CenterCraig HospitalEnglewoodUSA