Clinical Neuroscience

[Relation of acute and long-therm care of the spinal-cord-injured patients in up-to-date management]

KLAUBER András1, ZSOLCZAI Sándor2, PENTELÉNYI Tamás2, MOLNÁR Ferenc3

JANUARY 20, 1993

Clinical Neuroscience - 1993;46(01-02)

[The acute emergency management of the spinal-cord-injured patients is one of the most important steps in the long-lasting complex treatment which has great significance for the final results. The method of primary neurosurgical operation must be chosen with regard to the special aspects of subsequent rehabilitation. All conditions of emergency surgery have to be assured during the first 6-8 hours. According to the experiences of the last two decades the problems of the management of spinal-cord-injured patients originated in the shortage of financial sources, theoretical concepts and organization, lack of interest and scientific information. Even now there is no spinal-cord-injured center in Hungary which would provide for the complex management including primary neurosurgical treatment and all details up till the end of paraplegic rehabilitation. Primary treatment (either operative or conservative) and rehabilitation are performed in separate departments. Though there is a significant development in emergency spinal surgery during the last years (and it is a pity this can not be seen in rehabilitation in Hungary), it is still an important demand that emergency surgery should be performed with rehabilitation aspects. Until we have no proper financial conditions to organize spinal centers for both emergency and rehabilitation treatment, our most important task is to develop a unified rehabilitational view of all specialists involved in the complex treatment of spine-injured patients.]

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  1. MÁV Kórház - Budapest, Mozgásszervi Rehabilitációs Osztály
  2. Országos Traumatológiai Intézet, Idegsebészeti Osztály, Budapest
  3. Országos Orvosi Rehabilitációs Intézet, Budapest

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