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Spinal Cord Ser Cases


Introduction: Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) triggers complex changes that can negatively impact health and quality of life. The International SCI Data Sets were developed to enable more comparable data collection on the complex sequelae of SCI across studies. This should facilitate progress in mechanistic understanding and improving treatments of SCI. Study design: Prospective observational pilot study. Objectives: To collect data on pain symptoms and quality of life (QoL) in adults living with chronic SCI. Setting: Academic medical center, New York, USA. Methods: The International SCI Basic Pain and Qol Data Sets were used to collect data from participants with chronic SCI (N = 31) at 2 study visits held 6 months apart. The QoL Data Set was also used to collect data from able-bodied persons of similar age and gender distribution (N = 28). Results: Most participants with SCI had multiple types and locations of pain problems at both study visits, despite reported being treated for pain. At both visits, the worst pain problem type was nociceptive, followed by neuropathic, which was typically rated of higher intensity. QoL scores were significantly lower across all domains of the data set in persons with SCI than able-bodied persons. Persons with pain tended to have lower QoL scores, although this trend was not significant. Conclusions: This study demonstrates the presence, complexity and stability of pain symptoms refractory to treatment and lower quality of life ratings in persons with chronic SCI. Sponsorship: Grants from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, New York Empire Clinical Research Program, New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board.

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Faculty; Northwell Researcher


School of Medicine; Northwell Health

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Molecular Medicine

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation