What are the ASIA definitions for complete and incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Definitions of complete and incomplete spinal cord injury, as based on the above ASIA definition, with sacral-sparing, are as follows: [1, 2, 3]

  • Complete: Absence of sensory and motor functions in the lowest sacral segments

  • Incomplete: Preservation of sensory or motor function below the level of injury, including the lowest sacral segments


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