Spinal cord injury: causation and pathophysiology
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Spinal cord injury: causation and pathophysiology

Fintan Sheerin Lecturer practitioner in spinal cord injury, National Spinal Injuries Unit, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, and school of nursing and midwifery, University College Dublin

In the second of three articles on spinal cord injury, FINTAN SHEERIN describes some of the causes and effects of spinal cord trauma

The incidence of spinal cord injury worldwide stands at about 20 new cases per million of population a year (Glass 1999), but is double this figure in the US (DeVivo 2002).

Emergency Nurse. 12, 9, 29-38. doi: 10.7748/en2005.02.12.9.29.c1182

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