By Laura Dyrda
A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines the predictors of improved early outcome for patients with traumatic central cord syndrome.
The researchers examined all patients at a regional spinal cord injury center between January 2004 and June 2009 for the traumatic central cord syndrome. There were 426 patients in the database and 80 had CCS. Sixty-eight of the CCS patients underwent surgical decompression, with 28 percent undergoing surgery within one day of presentation. The other 72 percent underwent surgery on a delayed basis.
Here are five key notes from the study:
1. The patients who presented early had an average American Spinal Injury Association motor score of 62.5, compared with 70 for the delayed group. There wasn’t any change in AMS at seven days between the early group and delayed group.