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The Impact of Surgical Timing in Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2013,29 Sep 2018

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Hpital Sacr-Coeur de Montral Montral Canada

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The optimal surgical timing following a traumatic spinal cord injury SCI remains controversial although some studiessuggest improved neurological recovery with early surgery. Consequently, there is wide variability in clinical practiceand institutional guidelines regarding optimal surgical timing after a SCI. Our study will help guide clinicians in theirpractice and health administrators in the distribution of resources, by determining the optimal surgical delay after atraumatic spinal cord injury. The global objective of our study is to determine the impact of surgical delay on costs,length of stay, complications, and outcomes neurological recovery, functional status and quality of life in patients witha traumatic SCI. Results obtained in the last reporting period show that early surgery improves neurological recovery inpatients with a complete cervical lesion. Moreover, modifiable, extrinsic factors contribute to surgical delay while thepatients health status does not affect this delay.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

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