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Nontraumatic spinal cord injury at the neurological intensive care unit: spectrum, causes of admission and predictors of mortality.
Grassner, L; Marschallinger, J; Dünser, MW; Novak, HF; Zerbs, A; Aigner, L; Trinka, E; Sellner, J;
Ther Adv Neurol Disord. 2016; 9(2):85-94
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Aigner Ludwig
Dünser Martin
Grassner Lukas
Marschallinger Julia
Novak Helmut
Sellner Johann
Trinka Eugen
Zerbs Alexander


Nontraumatic spinal cord injuries (NTSCIs) form a heterogeneous group of diseases, which may evolve into a life-threatening condition. We sought to characterize spectrum, causes of admission and predictors of death in patients with NTSCI treated at the neurological intensive care unit (NICU).
We performed a retrospective observational analysis of NTSCI cases treated at a tertiary care center between 2001 and 2013. Among the 3937 NICU admissions were 93 patients with NTSCI (2.4%). Using multivariate logistic regression analysis, we examined predictors of mortality including demographics, etiology, reasons for admission and GCS/SAPS (Glasgow Coma Scale/Simplified Acute Physiology Score) scores.
Infectious and inflammatory/autoimmune causes made up 50% of the NTSCI cases. The most common reasons for NICU admission were rapidly progressing paresis (49.5%) and abundance of respiratory insufficiency (26.9%). The mortality rate was 22.6% and 2.5-fold higher than in the cohort of all other patients treated at the NICU. Respiratory insufficiency as the reason for NICU admission [odds ratio (OR) 4.97, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.38-17.9; p < 0.01], high initial SAPS scores (OR 1.04; 95% CI 1.003-1.08; p = 0.04), and the development of acute kidney injury throughout the stay (OR 7.25, 1.9-27.5; p = 0.004) were independent risk factors for NICU death.
Patients with NTSCI account for a subset of patients admitted to the NICU and are at risk for adverse outcome. A better understanding of predisposing conditions and further knowledge of management of critically ill patients with NTSCI is mandatory.

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