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Table 1 Characteristics of patients with cervical SCI in both surgical treatment groups

From: Motor unit number index detects the effectiveness of surgical treatment in improving distal motor neuron loss in patients with incomplete cervical spinal cord injury

  Early surgical treatment group Delayed surgical treatment group
Number of subjects 17 30
Age range (years) 45.0 ± 12.2 47.4 ± 13.1
Height range (cm) 164.7 ± 8.9 165.9 ± 9.2
Gender (Male vs. Female) 12 vs. 5 24 vs. 6
Time from injury to surgery (days) 1.9 ± 0.7 17.2 ± 7.9
Severity of SCI
 ASIA B 2/17 (11.8%) 2/30 (6.7%)
 ASIA C 10/17 (58.8%) 13/30 (43.3%)
 ASIA D 5/17 (29.4%) 15/30 (50%)
Imaging abnormalities (n/total patient (%))
 Cervical fracture 5/17 (29.4%) 8/30 (26.7%)
 Intramedullary high-signal lesion 7/17 (41.2%) 18/30 (60.0%)
Mechanism of injury (n/total patient (%))
 Falls 6/17 (35.3%) 9/30 (30.0%)
 Vehicle accidents 11/17 (64.7%) 21/30 (70.0%)
Surgical approach (n/total patient (%))
 Anterior 5/17 (29.4%) 7/30 (23.3%)
 Posterior 13/17 (76.5%) 20/30 (66.7%)
 Combined 1/17 (5.9%) 3/30 (10.0%)
  1. SCI Spinal cord injury, ASIA ASIA (American Spinal Injury Association) impairment scale