The article by Woolsey1 entitled "Rehabilitation Outcome Following Spinal Cord Injury" is a particularly important work for neurologists who may occasionally see patients with spinal cord injury but who are not closely involved with this subject. The field has changed in many ways during the past two decades, and the results have been impressive. One change has been the frequency of renal failure, which was long known to be a major cause of death in this population. It may come as a surprise to many physicians to learn that renal failure has now become a rarity. Renal failure associated with renal amyloidosis was found to be related to
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chronic osteomyelitis resulting from pressure sores, but with current concepts of care, including sophisticated surgical techniques, the patient with an indolent pressure sore is seldom encountered.
Another area of change has been in the care of patients
Gibson CJ. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. Arch Neurol. 1985;42(2):113. doi:10.1001/archneur.1985.04060020023006