Cognitive Impairment in Persons with Recent Spinal Cord Injury: Findings and Implications for Clinical Practice

Academic Article


  • Evidence is accumulating that many persons with spinal cord injury also have acquired brain injury. The investigation reported here included a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of 89 persons admitted to university hospitals for treatment of acute spinal cord injury. Between one-fourth and one-half of the subjects demonstrated impairment in most areas of cognitive functioning. Findings are consistent with those of prior investigations. These results have important implications for clinical practice; however, uncertainties exist about the exact etiology of cognitive impairments, and further research is needed to elucidate their origin.
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  • Stutts M; Kreutzer JS; Barth JT; Ryan T; Hickman J; Devany CW; Marwitz JH
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  • 79
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  • 85
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  • 1
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  • 3