Predictors ID'd for mortality in elderly with cervical spine injury

Predictors ID'd for mortality in elderly with cervical spine injury
Preexisting comorbidities, spinal cord injury, and age are all strong predictors of mortality in elderly patients with trauma-related cervical spine injury, although the evidence is not conclusive, according to research published online Nov. 2 in Spine.

(HealthDay)—Preexisting comorbidities (PECs), spinal cord injury (SCI), and age are all strong predictors of mortality in elderly patients with trauma-related cervical spine injury (CSI), although the evidence is not conclusive, according to research published online Nov. 2 in Spine.

In an effort to identify predictors of mortality in elderly patients with CSI, Dan Xing, M.D., of the Tianjin Medical University General Hospital in China, and colleagues conducted a systematic methodological review that identified 23 studies published between 1993 and 2011 involving 2,325 patients.

In these studies, the researchers identified three strong evidence predictors for CSI mortality in elderly patients, including PECs, SCI, and age. Also identified were three moderate evidence predictors (closed head injury, injury severity score, and cardiopulmonary diseases) and seven limited evidence predictors (level of CSI, Glasgow coma scale, sex, ankylosing spondylitis, American Society of Anesthesiologists score, polytrauma, and ).

"We believe that the dissemination of these data will establish a foundation for deeper understanding of the factors that influence the risk of death following CSI in the . may increase with SCI, age, and PEC," the authors write. "These evidence-based predictors may be useful in counseling patients and their families."

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Elderly spinal cord injuries increase five-fold in 30 years

Mar 19, 2007

The number of spinal cord injuries among senior citizens (age 70 and above) has increased five times in the past 30 years, as compared with younger spinal cord injury patients, researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital ...

Recommended for you

Breakthrough in managing yellow fever disease

2 hours ago

Yellow fever is a disease that can result in symptoms ranging from fever to severe liver damage. Found in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, each year the disease results in 200,000 new cases and kills ...

Don't worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

6 hours ago

Amidst fears about the Ebola virus, the current flu season is gaining steam. And many Americans, while completely safe from Ebola, are in danger of becoming seriously ill with a widespread, highly infectious and potentially ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.