A news release from the West Orange, NJ-based Kessler Foundation reports that The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) recently announced that it has revised the 2011 International Standard for the Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI), originally appearing the November 2011 issue of The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

According to the release, classification of spinal cord injury is based upon systematic sensory and motor examination of dermatimes and myotomes to determine the spinal cord segments that are injured. Sensory and motor levels of the injury (right and left), neurological level of injury (NLI), sensory scores (pin, prick and light touch), motor scores (upper and lower limbs) and zone of partial preservation (ZPP) all stem from the ISNCI guidelines and their implementation. Severity or completeness of the injury is reportedly assessed using the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Impairment scale (AIS).

The 2011 revision yields from a collaboration between ASIA and the International Spinal Cord Society.

To view the revisions click here.

Source: Kessler Foundation