Current Status of Spinal Cord Cooling in the Treatment of Acute Spinal Cord Injury
J. A. Tanner, C. Romero-Sierra, Robert R. Hansebout
Ten patients were treated by a combination of parenteral steroid administration and local cord cooling following complete cord injury. There was a better rate of recovery of motor function and sensation and the mortality rate was reduced compared with more traditional forms of therapy. The rate of neurologic improvement was 48%, the ambulation rate was 17% and the 1-year mortality rate was reduced to 17%.