The value of routine chest roentgenograms on admission for rehabilitation after traumatic spinal cord injury

Short Title:
The value of routine chest roentgenograms on admission for rehabilitation after traumatic spinal cord injury
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J27575.
Journal:
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
1994, vol. 73, issue 2, pp 84-88
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Abstract:
Study exploring the value of routine chest roentgenograms on admission for rehabilitation after traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). A retrospective chart review was conducted for all patients admitted to a rehabilitation unit during a 1 year period. Charts accepted for inclusion in the study were those of patients undergoing initial rehabilitation after their SCI who had a routine chest radiograph obtained within 72 hours of admission. Of the 79 patients who met inclusion criteria, nine (11.4%) had significant findings on their routine admission films and 70 (88.6%) had either insignificant findings (n=3) or normal films. All nine patients with abnormal admission chest films had experienced cardiopulmonary complications during their acute hospitalization. Fourteen patients with normal chest films on admission had repeat chest films during their rehabilitation stay, four of which were abnormal. All four of these patients had experienced cardiopulmonary complications during acute care. Results support the selective use of admission chest roentgenograms in SCI patients with clinical indications or a history of cardiopulmonary complications during acute care.
Author(s):
Sliwa, J. A.; Mason, K.; Yarkony, G.; Press, J.; Lovell, L.
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