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Title: A Patient With Acute Cervical Cord Injury and COVID-19: A First Case Report
Authors: Sintip Pattanakuhar
Chatchai Tangvinit
Apichana Kovindha
Keywords: Health Professions
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2020
Abstract: During the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019, it is possible for rehabilitation physicians and personnel to take care of patients with concurrent spinal cord injury and coronavirus disease 2019. Here, we describe a case of acute cervical spinal cord injury resulting in complete tetraplegia C5 American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale A with unrecognized, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection. This resulted in large-scale quarantines of related surgical and rehabilitation staff, and the unexpected death of the patient despite receiving the treatments according to the standard guideline. Rehabilitation personnel who take care of acute spinal cord injury patients with coronavirus disease 2019 should consider the effect of spinal cord injury on the course of coronavirus disease 2019, the effect of coronavirus disease 2019 and its treatments on the course of spinal cord injury, and risks of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 transmission between patients and rehabilitation staff, to continue providing safe and effective rehabilitation programs.
ISSN: 15377385
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