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Spinal Cord Injury research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The NACTN Spinal Cord Injury Registry is a network of clinical centers collecting de-identified data from patients admitted through the Emergency Department of a NACTN center at the time of injury with an initial (first time) spinal cord injury (SCI). Information will be collected on the natural history of SCI and course of treatment through the first 12 months from the date of injury or long as medically indicated. Data collected includes imaging information from CT or MRI scans, neurological and general medical outcome and rehabilitation evaluation. No intervention is given other than standard of care for spinal cord injury, intensive monitoring and frequent follow up care.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Any patient male or female > or equal to 18 years of age with first time spinal cord injury caused by trauma and has neurological deficit with paralysis (weakness) or loss of sensation (touch). - Has not received prior medical of surgical care for this injury at an intermediate hospital. - Must give informed consent Exclusion Criteria: - Any patient or family refusing consent

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Spinal Cord Injury

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Other:No Treatment GivenIntervention is not given.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

No Treatment GivenAny male or female 18 years or older admitted to a NACTN hospital, at the time of injury, with an initial (first time) spinal cord injury caused by trauma and has paralysis (muscle weakness) or loss of sensation (touch). The patient has not received medical or surgical care for this injury prior to admission to a NACTN hospital. Patient or family member must give consent to participate.

Study Status


Start Date: July 2005

Completed Date: July 2023


Type: Observational


Primary Outcome: International Standards For Neurological Classification of Spinal Injury (ISNCSCI)

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Robert G Grossman, MD

Lead Sponsor: Robert G. Grossman, MD

Collaborator: Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation

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