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April 19, 1971

Incomplete Traumatic Quadriplegia: A Ten-Year Review

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Orthopedics (Dr. Bosch), Spinal Injury Service (Dr. Stauffer), and Surgical Services (Dr. Nickel), Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Downey, Calif; and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Drs. Stauffer and Nickel).

JAMA. 1971;216(3):473-478. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180290049006

Incomplete quadriplegia following closed injuries to the cervical spine is studied for future prognosis of this increasingly common lesion. Sixty patients were included in this study and classified into one of four clinical syndromes to correlate the different types of quadriplegia to its final outcome. Interest was focused primarily in the return of function to the lower and upper extremities and to rectal and bladder control. This communication concentrates on two major groups—the central spinal cord syndrome and the anterior spinal cord syndrome which, combined, represent 90% of our series. An ambulation follow-up comparison is made of central cord syndrome and anterior cord syndrome. A more accurate prognosis of cervical cord lesions can be established on a statistical basis.

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