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Incidence of traumatic spinal cord injuries in Finland over a 30-year period.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18542095     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY DESIGN: Register survey.
OBJECTIVE: To provide national Finnish data on the incidence of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) over a 30-year period.
SETTING: Käpylä Rehabilitation Centre, Helsinki, Finland.
METHODS: Patients aged 16 years and older who sustained a TSCI between 1976 and 2005 were identified using the registers of the Käpylä Rehabilitation Centre.
RESULTS: The medical records of a total of 1647 patients (1362 men and 285 women) were analyzed. The mean annual incidence rate for the entire population was 13.8/1 000 000. Age-adjusted incidence did not change among men or women during the three decades, but the mean age at injury of both men (from 34.7 to 42.4 years) and women (from 35.8 to 40.4 years) increased. The annual incidence of new TSCI rose significantly in persons 55 years and older. The proportion of tetraplegia and of incomplete injuries increased, too.
CONCLUSION: Although TSCI is predominantly present in young men, more attention for primary prevention, medical care and rehabilitation in men and women aged 55 years and older is needed. An international uniformity in methodology to collect epidemiological data of TSCI is needed.
E Ahoniemi; H Alaranta; E-M Hokkinen; K Valtonen; H Kautiainen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-06-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spinal cord     Volume:  46     ISSN:  1362-4393     ISO Abbreviation:  Spinal Cord     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-04     Completed Date:  2009-03-05     Revised Date:  2011-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609749     Medline TA:  Spinal Cord     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  781-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Spinal Cord, Käpylä Rehabilitation Centre, Finnish Association of People with Mobility Disabilities, Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Accidental Falls / statistics & numerical data
Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
Age Distribution
Data Collection / standards
Finland / epidemiology
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Paralysis / epidemiology*
Quadriplegia / epidemiology
Sex Distribution
Spinal Cord Injuries / epidemiology*
Young Adult

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