Acute spinal-cord lesions in a pediatric population: epidemiological and clinical features

Paraplegia. 1980 Jun;18(3):206-19. doi: 10.1038/sc.1980.36.


The occurrence of acute spinal-cord lesions in children has been reported to be rare, comprising from less than one to 3.3 per cent of all cases of spinal-cord injuries (Audic & Maury, 1969; Burke, 1971; Melzak, 1969). To our knowledge, the epidemiological features of all cases of acute spinal-cord lesions in a pediatric population have not been previously reported. The objective of this communication is, therefore, to describe the incidence and selected epidemiological and clinical features of acute spinal-cord lesions in children, aged 1 to 15 years.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Autopsy
  • California
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Ethnicity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Prognosis
  • Sex Factors
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / etiology
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / mortality
  • Time Factors