What is the prevalence of pediatric spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS, FAANS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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The pediatric data parallels that of the adult data on spinal cord injuries. Using information from the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) and the National Trauma Database (NTDB), Vitale and colleagues found that, with regard to the annual pediatric incidence rate a significantly greater incidence of spinal cord injuries was found in black children (1.53 cases per 100,000 children) than in Native American children (1.0 case per 100,000 children) and Hispanic children (0.87 case per 100,000 children), and the frequency in Asian children was significantly lower than that in all other races (0.36 per 100,000 children). [16] In addition, the likelihood that boys would suffer spinal cord injuries (2.79 cases per 100,000)was found to be more than twice that of girls (1.15 cases per 100,000). [16]

The overall incidence of pediatric SCI is 1.99 cases per 100,000 US children. As estimated from the above data, 1455 children are admitted to US hospitals annually for treatment of spinal cord injuries.

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