Institut for Biomedicin

Asbjørn Mohr Drewes

Sygdomsforløbet hos patienter indlagt i en rehabiliteringsafdeling efter rygmarvslaesion

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  • A M Drewes
  • A Andreasen, Danmark
  • A T Olsson
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  • Ole Slot, Institut for Ortopædi og Intern Medicin, Danmark
Epidemiologic data from 109 patients admitted to hospital in the period 1/1/1980-/31/12/1984 with spinal cord injuries are presented. The mean age was 29 years, there was a preponderance of males and the most frequent cause of the spinal cord injury was road accidents. The material was compared with the epidemiologic and social data of other studies. A total of 58 patients, chiefly users of wheelchairs, were followed up on average six years after the first admission. It was thus possible to form an idea of the complications of the spinal cord injury and the effectiveness of the treatment. The premorbid educational level of the patients was relatively low. The most frequent complications were spasms (74%), pressure sores (67%), pains (58%), and frequent urinary tract infections (71%). The consumption of medicine reflected the pattern of complications. The most common method of micturition was reflex voiding by tapping. These results were comparable with previous studies. It is concluded that the treatment of spinal cord injuries is a specialised task and only continuous evaluation can ensure optimum treatment.
Bidragets oversatte titelThe disease course in patients admitted to a rehabilitation department following spinal cord injuries
TidsskriftUgeskrift for Laeger
Sider (fra-til)3233-6
Antal sider4
StatusUdgivet - 1989


  • Accidents, Traffic, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Infant, Male, Middle Aged, Socioeconomic Factors, Spinal Cord Injuries

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