New research paper focuses on SCI management guidelines

Posted by Reeve Staff in Research News on September 20, 2017 # Research

Spinal cord injury and the secondary conditions that occur afterwards remains one of the most challenging, and poorly understood medical conditions.There is significant controversy in the field regarding the management of patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) and degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM). Researchers Michael Fehlings, Brian Kwon, and Lindsay Tetreault, have recently published a paper that focuses on these guidelines, an important step in addressing these controversies. The guidelines were created by a team of international experts who encourage sharing them with health practitioners around the world to improve quality of care.

Guidelines for the Management of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy and Spinal Cord Injury: An Introduction to a Focus Issue addresses current patient management topics such as the usage of methylprednisolone, timing of surgery, and advanced MR imaging techniques for tSCI. The clinical practice guidelines for the management of degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) are the first ever.

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