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Gunshot wounds to the spinal cord.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  451656     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A series of 59 patients with gunshot wounds to the spinal cord is presented. Seventeen injuries were cervical, 30 were thoracic, 11 were lumbar, and one was sacral. Twenty-nine patients had immediate complete sensorimotor loss of function, 18 had sensory or motor sparing below the cord lesions, and 12 had injury of the cauda equina. Thirty-nine patients were treated with decompressive laminectomy, four with local wound debridement only, three with cervical traction and subsequent anterior cervical fusion; 13 had only conservative therapy. Eleven patients had return to normal function and 20 patients had some degree of improvement. There was no significant difference in the outcome between patients operated on and those treated conservatively.
E Six; E Alexander; D L Kelly; C H Davis; J M McWhorter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1979 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-08-29     Completed Date:  1979-08-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  699-702     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cauda Equina / injuries
Middle Aged
Spinal Cord Injuries / surgery,  therapy*
Spinal Fusion
Wounds, Gunshot / surgery,  therapy*

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