What are the most common causes of pediatric 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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Vitale et al also looked at the major causative factors of pediatric cases, reporting the following incidences [16] , again paralleling adult data:

  • Motor vehicle accidents - 56%

  • Accidental falls - 14%

  • Firearm injuries - 9%

  • Sports injuries - 7%

Among children in the study, 67.7% of those injured in a motor vehicle accident were not wearing a seatbelt. [16] Alcohol and drugs were found to have played a role in 30% of all pediatric cases of spinal cord injuries.


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