Predicting walking ability after acute traumatic spinal cord injury

In this derivation and validation cohort of patients with acute traumatic spinal cord injury, the ability to walk independently at 1 year was well predicted (area under of the curve of 0.96) with age <65, and motor/sensory function at L3 and S1 (done within 15 days of the injury). This simple prediction rule can be applied to spinal cord trauma patients to predict future walking ability (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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