Long-term morbidity and mortality after spinal cord injury: 50 years of follow-up

G. Zeilig*, M. Dolev, H. Weingarden, N. Blumen, Y. Shemesh, A. Ohry

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Objective: To determine the long-term mortality rate and the types of morbidity among all people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) that occurred during the 1948 Israel War of Independence. Method: Chart review and telephone interviews for collecting demographic data, injury characteristics, marital status, physical activities, employment, morbidity and mortality. Results: Twenty individuals with SCI (19 males, one female). There was no regular follow-up during the first 20 years post injury. The most frequent morbidities were genito-urinary, cardiovascular and decubiti. Ten (50%) had died during this overall follow-up interval. The average age at death was 60 years. The cause of death was cardiovascular in six, neoplastic disease in two, pneumonia in one, and one died from an unknown cause. Conclusions: The data analysis showed that those who died participated less in physical activity and fewer were employed as compared to the survivors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-566
Number of pages4
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Long-term follow-up
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Spinal cord injury


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