FEW REFERENCES deal with the segmental level at which afferent pain-conducting pathways from the testis and epididymis reach the spinal cord. The upper level of this inflow still seems to be a matter of controversy (Mitchell,1 Pitkin2), and it appeared justified, therefore, to study this problem in 53 cases with various levels of traumatic lesions of the spinal cord.
The injury in 21 cases (40 per cent) was caused by shell fragments or bullets and in 32 cases (60 per cent) by closed injuries (fractures) of the spine. In 9 cases the lesions were cervical, in 38 thoracic and in 6 lumbar. In 14 (25 per cent) the lesions were considered clinically incomplete, and in 39 (75 per cent), as clinically complete. The age distribution was 23 to 58 years. The time interval between injury and examination varied from three months to 6 years. Mild to severe
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