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Epidemiology of traumatic spinal cord injury in Asia: a systematic review.
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PMID:  22925749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY DESIGN: A systematic review.
BACKGROUND: The number of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) reports grows annually, especially in China and Korea. The epidemiological characteristics of TSCI in Asia differ from those in other countries. Thus, we compiled epidemiological factors from Asia to compare with those from other countries.
METHOD: We searched articles published in any language between January 1980 to December 2011 using the terms "spinal cord injury", "traumatic spinal cord injury", "epidemiology", and "Asia". The articles were reviewed for information regarding TSCI incidence, total cases, case criteria, case source, causes of injury, male/female ratio, mean age, prospective or retrospective, neurological level of injury, extent of injury, and America Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS)/grade.
RESULTS: Epidemiological data were extracted from 39 reports in the published literature that met the inclusion criteria. Only two studies reported prevalence rates. Incidence rates ranged from 12.06 to 61.6 per million. The average age ranged from 26.8 to 56.6 years old. Men were at higher risk than women. Motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) and falls were the main causes of TSCI. However, several countries reported war wounds as the major cause. The neurological level and extent of injury were mixed, and most patients were categorized as AIS/Frankel grade A.
CONCLUSION: TSCI is an important public health problem and a major cause of paralysis. We must understand the epidemiology to implement appropriate preventative measures. Asian epidemiology is different from that in other regions, so intervention measures must be established according to population-specific characteristics.
Guang-Zhi Ning; Qiang Wu; Yu-Lin Li; Shi-Qing Feng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of spinal cord medicine     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1079-0268     ISO Abbreviation:  J Spinal Cord Med     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-28     Completed Date:  2012-11-27     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504452     Medline TA:  J Spinal Cord Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-39     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedics, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, People's Republic of China.
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MeSH Terms
Asia / epidemiology
Spinal Cord Injuries / epidemiology*,  etiology

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