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Pain in a Swedish spinal cord injury population
Spinalis SCI unit, Karolinska Hospital and Faculty of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Neuroscience and Locomotion, Rehabilitation Medicine. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Neurology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6464-9130
Spinalis SCI unit, Karolinska Hospital and Faculty of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
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2003 (English)In: Clinical Rehabilitation, ISSN 0269-2155, E-ISSN 1477-0873, Vol. 17, no 6, 685-690 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To describe pain and associated variables in a prevalence group of persons with a sustained spinal cord injury (SCI) in the Swedish capital and its surroundings. Setting: Spinalis SCI Unit (outpatient clinic), Stockholm, Sweden. Design: Assessment over a 12-month period in a yearly health control. Subjects: Four hundred and fifty-six SCI patients. Results: Two hundred and ninety-one out of 456 SCI patients (63.7%) suffered from pain, and in 45.7% of these it was classified as being neurogenic. Aching pain was the most used descriptor (38.5%). The onset of pain was commonly within three months (73.5%). In 70.4% of patients pain occurred below the level of the lesion. Most patients identified pain as coming from one (55.0%) or two (28.2%) body regions. Rating of the general pain intensity on a visual analogue scale (VAS) was 46 out of 100 and rating of the worst pain intensity was 78 out of 100. Ninety-four out of 276 patients (32.3%) considered that their quality of life was significantly affected by pain. Conclusion: Pain was most common in patients with incomplete lesions (ASIA impairment grade D) and there was a correlation between pain and higher mean age at injury and between pain and female gender.

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2003. Vol. 17, no 6, 685-690 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27739DOI: 10.1191/0269215503cr664oaPubMedID: 12971714Local ID: 12480OAI: diva2:248291
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2016-03-23

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