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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503327/the-characteristics-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injuries-at-a-referral-hospital-in-northern-tanzania
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Sakina Mehboob Rashid, Mubashir Alavi Jusabani, Faiton Ndesanjo Mandari, Marieke Cornelia Johanna Dekker
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiology of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) in Northern Tanzania. SETTING: Main referral hospital for Northern Tanzania. METHODS: A retrospective review of 125 TSCI cases admitted to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) over a period of 5 years. RESULTS: We included 125 patients in the sample size, with a male majority of 107 (85...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493787/impact-of-therapy-on-recovery-during-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Catherine Truchon, Nader Fallah, Argelio Santos, Joëlle Vachon, Vanessa K Noonan, Christiana L Cheng
Evidence-based planning of rehabilitation interventions is important to improving cost efficiency while maintaining patient and system outcomes. This paper aims to explore the relationship between rehabilitation therapy, functional outcome, bed utilization, and care costs after traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI). A retrospective review of 262 persons with tSCI admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation facility from 2005-2011 was conducted. Treatment variables and outcome measures included length of stay (LOS), days to rehabilitation (onset), hours and intensity of therapy, and Functional Independence Measure (FIM)...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488262/estimating-the-incidence-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injuries-in-switzerland-using-administrative-data-to-identify-potential-coverage-error-in-a-cohort-study
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Jonviea D Chamberlain, Elias Ronca, Martin Wg Brinkhof
INTRODUCTION: Inferences from population-based cohort studies may be inaccurate as a result of biased coverage of the target population. We investigated the presence of absolute coverage error and selection bias in the Swiss Spinal Cord Injury (SwiSCI) cohort study, using a secondary, nationally representative data source. The proposed methodology is applicable to future Swiss cohort studies aiming to assess their cover-age error. METHODS: ICD-10 codes relating to traumatic spinal cord injuries (TSI) (S14...
May 10, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462633/rural-and-urban-living-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury-and-comparing-environmental-barriers-their-health-and-quality-of-life-outcomes
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R Andrew Glennie, Juliet Batke, Nader Fallah, Christiana L Cheng, Carly S Rivers, Vanessa K Noonan, Marcel F Dvorak, Charles G Fisher, Brian K Kwon, John T Street
There is worldwide geographic variation in the epidemiology of traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI). The aim of this study was to determine whether environmental barriers, health status, and quality-of-life outcomes differ between patients with tSCI living in rural or urban settings, and whether patients move from rural to urban settings after tSCI. A cohort review of the Rick Hansen SCI Registry (RHSCIR) was undertaken from 2004 to 2012 for one province in Canada. Rural/urban setting was determined using postal codes...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459982/traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-uganda-a-prevention-strategy-and-mechanism-to-improve-home-care
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L Stothers, A J Macnab, R Mukisa, S Mutabazi, F Bajunirwe
In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), the burden of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) is largely unknown. The estimated incidence of TSCI in LMICs is 25.5/million/year, and the impact on affected patients and their families is presumed to be immense due to the social structure, limited health system resources and reliance on family to care for those that survive injury to return home. In sub-Saharan Africa, extrapolated regional figures for incidence range from 21 - 29/million/year, and the occurrence of a spinal injury is likely to be fatal within a year...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447870/does-specialized-inpatient-rehabilitation-affect-whether-or-not-people-with-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-return-home
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Christiana L Cheng, Tova Plashkes, Tian Shen, Nader Fallah, Suzanne Humphreys, Colleen O'Connell, A Gary Linassi, Chester Ho, Christine Short, Karen Ethans, Rebecca Charbonneau, Jérôme Paquet, Vanessa K Noonan
Return to living at home is an important patient-reported outcome following traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI). Specialized inpatient rehabilitation assists such patients in maximizing function and independence. Our project aim was to describe those patients receiving specialized rehabilitation after tSCI in Canada, and to determine if such rehabilitation improved the likelihood of returning home. This cohort study utilized data from the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry (RHSCIR) to identify patients with tSCI discharged from 1 of 18 participating acute specialized spine facilities between 2011 and 2015 to either 1 of 13 participating specialized rehabilitation facilities, or to another discharge destination...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435741/the-influence-of-clarification-and-threats-on-life-situation-patients-experiences-1-year-after-tsci
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Bodil Bjørnshave Noe, Merete Bjerrum, Sanne Angel
INTRODUCTION: The study was conducted at the Spinal Cord Injury Centre of Western Denmark (VCR). The aim of the study was to explore patients' experiences following traumatic spinal cord injury and to identify characteristics of positive versus negative life situation 1 year post discharge from hospital rehabilitation. This was a qualitative study conducted using inductive content analysis. CASE PRESENTATION: In this qualitative study seven patients were interviewed one year after discharge from initial rehabilitation at the VCR...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422895/diffusion-tensor-tractography-for-detection-of-concomitant-traumatic-brain-injury-in-patients-with-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
#8
Sung Ho Jang, Sang Ho Ahn, Yun Woo Cho, Ji Woon Lim, Ik Tae Cho
OBJECTIVES: We investigated concomitant traumatic brain injury in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) who had head trauma history, using diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). DESIGN: Retrospective survey. PARTICIPANTS: We recruited 14 consecutive patients with TSCI and coexisting head trauma history at the time of TSCI and 30 control subjects. METHODS: The corticospinal tract (CST), corticoreticulospinal tract (CRT), cingulum, and fornix were reconstructed using DTT, and DTT parameters (fractional anisotropy and fiber volume) and configuration were estimated...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418395/an-analysis-of-ideal-and-actual-time-to-surgery-after-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-canada
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R A Glennie, C S Bailey, E C Tsai, V K Noonan, C S Rivers, D R Fourney, H Ahn, B K Kwon, J Paquet, B Drew, M G Fehlings, N Attabib, S D Christie, J Finkelstein, R J Hurlbert, S Parent, M F Dvorak
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a prospective registry and surgeon survey. OBJECTIVES: To identify surgeon opinion on ideal practice regarding the timing of decompression/stabilization for spinal cord injury and actual practice. Discrepancies in surgical timing and barriers to ideal timing of surgery were explored. SETTING: Canada. METHODS: Patients from the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Registry (RHSCIR, 2004-2014) were reviewed to determine actual timing of surgical management...
April 18, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414588/prehospital-predictors-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-victoria-australia
#10
Alaa O Oteir, Karen Smith, Johannes Stoelwinder, James W Middleton, Shelley Cox, Lisa N Sharwood, Paul A Jennings
OBJECTIVES: To identify the predictors of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) and describe the differences between confirmed and potential TSCI cases in the prehospital setting. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study including all adult patients over a six-year period (2007-12) with potential TSCI who were attended and transported by Ambulance Victoria (AV). We extracted potential TSCI cases from the AV data warehouse and linked with the Victorian State Trauma Registry to compare with final hospital diagnosis...
April 17, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367684/traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-care-in-canada-a-survey-of-canadian-centres
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Vanessa K Noonan, Elaine Chan, Argelio Santos, Lesley Soril, Rachel Lewis, Anoushka Singh, Christiana L Cheng, Colleen O'Connell, Catherine Truchon, Jérôme Paquet, Sean Christie, Karen Ethans, Eve Tsai, Michael H Ford, Brian Drew, Gary Linassi, Christopher Bailey, Michael G Fehlings
Specialized centres of care for persons sustaining a traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) have been established in many countries, but the ideal system of care has not been defined. The objective of this study was to describe care delivery, with a focus on structures and services, for persons with tSCI in Canada. A survey was sent to 26 facilities (12 acute, 11 rehabilitation and 3 integrated) from 8 provinces participating in the Access to Care and Timing project. The survey included questions about: 1) care provision; 2) structural attributes and; 3) service availability...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351230/continuous-monitoring-and-visualization-of-optimum-spinal-cord-perfusion-pressure-in-patients-with-acute-cord-injury
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Suliang Chen, Peter Smielewski, Marek Czosnyka, Marios C Papadopoulos, Samira Saadoun
The optimum spinal cord perfusion pressure (SCPP) after traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) is unknown. Here, we describe techniques to compute and display the optimum SCPP in real time. We recruited adults within 72 h of severe TSCI (American Spinal Injuries Association [ASIA] grades A-C). A pressure probe and a microdialysis catheter were placed on the injured cord. SCPP was computed as mean arterial pressure (MAP) minus intraspinal pressure (ISP), spinal pressure reactivity index (sPRx) as the running ISP/MAP correlation coefficient, and continuous optimum SCPP (cSCPPopt) as the SCPP that minimizes sPRx in a moving 4-h window...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325105/geomapping-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-canada-and-factors-related-to-triage-pattern
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Christiana L Cheng, Vanessa K Noonan, Jayson Shurgold, Jason Chen, Carly S Rivers, Hamid Khaleghi Hamedani, Suzanne Humphreys, Christopher Bailey, Najmedden Attabib, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, Michael Goytan, Jérôme Paquet, Richard Fox, Henry Ahn, Brian K Kwon, Daryl R Fourney
Current research indicates that more than half of patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) experience delays in transfer and receive surgery more than 24 hours post-injury. The objectives of this study were to determine the geographic distribution of tSCI in Canada relative to specialized treatment facilities, to assess clinical and logistical factors at play for indirect admissions to those facilities, and to explore differences in current time to admission and simulated scenarios in an attempt to assess the potential impact of changes to triage protocols...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319547/methylprednisolone-therapy-in-acute-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-analysis-of-a-regional-spinal-cord-model-systems-database
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Jacob E Sunshine, Armagan Dagal, Stephen P Burns, Richard J Bransford, Fangyi Zhang, Shu-Fang Newman, Bala G Nair, Sam R Sharar
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between exposure to methylprednisolone (MP) and improvements in motor function among patients with acute traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI). MP therapy for patients with TSCI is controversial because of the current conflicting evidence documenting its benefits and risks. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study from September 2007 to November 2014 of 311 patients with acute TSCI who were enrolled into a model systems database of a regional, level I trauma center...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285549/methodology-of-the-access-to-care-and-timing-simulation-model-for-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-care
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Argelio Santos, Nader Fallah, Rachel Lewis, Marcel F Dvorak, Michael G Fehlings, Anthony Scott Burns, Vanessa K Noonan, Christiana L Cheng, Elaine Chan, Anoushka Singh, Lise M Belanger, Derek Atkins
Despite the relatively low incidence, the management and care of persons with traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) can be resource intensive and complex, spanning multiple phases of care and disciplines. Using a simulation model built with a system level view of the healthcare system allows for prediction of the impact of interventions on patient and system outcomes from injury through to community reintegration after tSCI. The Access to Care and Timing (ACT) project developed a simulation model for tSCI care using techniques from operations research and its development has been described previously...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260098/identification-of-crucial-genes-associated-with-rat-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
#16
Zibin Yang, Qiao Lv, Zhengxiang Wang, Xiliang Dong, Rongxin Yang, Wei Zhao
The aim of the present study was to investigate the key genes associated with traumatic spinal cord injuries (TSCI). The dataset GSE52763 was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus, for which lumbar spinal cord samples were obtained from rats at 1 and 3 weeks following contusive spinal cord injury and 1 week subsequent to a sham laminectomy, and used to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs). Functional enrichment analysis, co‑expression analysis and transcription factor (TF) identification were performed for DEGs common to the 1 and 3 week injury samples...
April 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230791/the-temporal-pattern-flux-and-function-of-autophagy-in-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Kailiang Zhou, Charles A Sansur, Huazi Xu, Xiaofeng Jia
Previous studies have indicated that autophagy plays a critical role in spinal cord injury (SCI), including traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) and ischemia-reperfusion spinal cord injury (IRSCI). However, while the understanding of mechanisms underlying autophagy in SCI has progressed, there remain several controversial points: (1) temporal pattern results of autophagic activation after SCI are not consistent across studies; (2) effect of accumulation of autophagosomes due to the blockade or enhancement of autophagic flux is uncertain; (3) overall effect of enhanced autophagy remains undefined, with both beneficial and detrimental outcomes reported in SCI literature...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195230/epidemiology-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-galicia-spain-trends-over-a-20-year-period
#18
A Montoto-Marqués, M E Ferreiro-Velasco, S Salvador-de la Barrera, V Balboa-Barreiro, A Rodriguez-Sotillo, R Meijide-Failde
STUDY DESIGN: Observational study with prospective and retrospective monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiological and demographic characteristics of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI), and to analyze its epidemiological changes. SETTING: Unidad de Lesionados Medulares, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruña, in Galicia (Spain). METHODS: The study included patients with TSCI who had been hospitalized between January 1995 and December 2014...
February 14, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104707/improving-care-standards-for-patients-with-spinal-trauma-combining-a-modified-e-delphi-process-and-stakeholder-interviews-a-study-protocol
#19
Lisa N Sharwood, Ralph Stanford, James W Middleton, Brian Burns, Anthony Joseph, Oliver Flower, Oran Rigby, Jonathon Ball, Shelly Dhaliwal
INTRODUCTION: Around 300 people sustain a new traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) in Australia each year; a relatively low incidence injury with extremely high long-term associated costs. Care standards are inconsistent nationally, lacking in consensus across important components of care such as prehospital spinal immobilisation, timing of surgery and timeliness of transfer to specialist services. This study aims to develop 'expertly defined' and agreed standards of care across the majority of disciplines involved for these patients...
January 19, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081205/anxiety-and-depression-in-patients-with-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#20
Sher-Wei Lim, Yow-Ling Shiue, Chung-Han Ho, Shou-Chun Yu, Pei-Hsin Kao, Jhi-Joung Wang, Jinn-Rung Kuo
BACKGROUND: Traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) may involve new-onset anxiety and depression post-discharge. However, long-term population-based studies have lacked access to follow-up conditions in terms of new-onset anxiety and depression. The objective of this study was to estimate the long-term risk of new-onset anxiety and depression post-discharge. METHODS: The Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 (LHID2000) from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database was used in this study...
2017: PloS One
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