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Clinical outcome in metastatic spinal cord compression. A prospective study of 153 patients.
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PMID:  8937539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Despite many reports on metastatic spinal cord compression, only very few prospective studies of the clinical outcome of spinal cord compression have been carried out. METHODS: 153 consecutive patients with a known malignant solid tumor and a myelographically verified diagnosis of spinal cord compression were followed with regular neurological examination. RESULTS: At time of diagnosis 79 patients were walking, while the remaining were bedridden. In total 21 of the 74 initially non-walking patients began walking after therapy. There was a need for urinary catheter in 57 (37%) patients at the time of diagnosis. During follow-up, 10 of 57 patients (18%) dispensed with the catheter. A total of 116 patients experienced radicular pain at the time of diagnosis, while in 95 of 116 patients (83%) the pain disappeared after therapy. CONCLUSION: the present study confirms, that early diagnosis, i.e., while the patients are still ambulatory, is most important, but the prognosis for recovery of ambulatory function is not as pessimistic as earlier described. In addition the results indicate that supplementary systemic therapy, when available, may have a positive influence on recovery.
S Helweg-Larsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurologica Scandinavica     Volume:  94     ISSN:  0001-6314     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurol. Scand.     Publication Date:  1996 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-03     Completed Date:  1997-03-03     Revised Date:  2006-08-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370336     Medline TA:  Acta Neurol Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Neoplasm Metastasis*
Neoplasms / complications*,  pathology
Paralysis / etiology
Prospective Studies
Radiation Dosage
Spinal Cord / pathology
Spinal Cord Compression / complications,  diagnosis,  physiopathology*
Spinal Neoplasms / diagnosis,  radiotherapy,  secondary*
Urinary Incontinence

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