Assessment of closed head injury in trauma-related spinal cord injury

Gary Davidoff, Elliot Roth, Jeri Morris, Joseph Bleiberg, Paul R. Meyer

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The complete medical records of 122 patients who sustained traumatic spinal cord injuries were reviewed to determine the frequency and results of emergency room assessments for loss of consciousness (LOC) and post-traumatic amnesia (PTA). Eighty-eight percent of the patients were assessed for LOC and 19% were assessed for PTA. Fifty patients (41 % of the total population) admitted to LOC, PTA or both. Fourteen of these 50 patients underwent subsequent radiographic examinations of the skull, all of which were negative. Because of the association of intracranial complications and long-term cognitive sequelae with even brief LOC or PTA, early recognition of craniocerebral trauma is an important component of the acute management of spinal cord injured patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-104
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1986


  • Closed head injury
  • Traumatic amnesia
  • Traumatic spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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