The NACTN Spinal Cord Injury Registry is a network of clinical centers collecting de-identified data from patients admitted through the Emergency Department of a NACTN center at the time of injury with an initial (first time) spinal cord injury (SCI). Information will be collected on the natural history of SCI and course of treatment through the first 12 months from the date of injury or long as medically indicated. Data collected includes imaging information from CT or MRI scans, neurological and general medical outcome and rehabilitation evaluation. No intervention is given other than standard of care for spinal cord injury, intensive monitoring and frequent follow up care.



Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Any patient male or female > or equal to 18 years of age with first time spinal cord injury caused by trauma and has neurological deficit with paralysis (weakness) or loss of sensation (touch). - Has not received prior medical of surgical care for this injury at an intermediate hospital. - Must give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

  • Any patient or family refusing consent

Study Design

Study Type
Observational Model
Time Perspective

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
No Treatment Given Any male or female 18 years or older admitted to a NACTN hospital, at the time of injury, with an initial (first time) spinal cord injury caused by trauma and has paralysis (muscle weakness) or loss of sensation (touch). The patient has not received medical or surgical care for this injury prior to admission to a NACTN hospital. Patient or family member must give consent to participate.
  • Other: No Treatment Given
    Intervention is not given.

Recruiting Locations

University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Kaitlyn Henry

More Details

Robert G. Grossman, MD

Study Contact

Elizabeth G Toups, MSN, RN, CCRP

Detailed Description

The participating centers include: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston; University of Toronto, Toronto; University of Virginia, Charlottesville; University of Louisville, Louisville; University of Maryland, Baltimore; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia; University of Miami, Miami; Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston; Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville; Medical College Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Duke University, Durham The NACTN Clinical Coordinating Center is located at: Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston The Center for Biostatistics is located at: Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston The Data Management Center is located at: University of Louisville, Louisville Preliminary work has been completed on the selection of data elements, data collection protocols, case record form design, and the design of a computer system for clinical data management and data quality control. In the first phase of the network, data will be collected on the natural history of SCI. Although there is considerable data in the literature about the natural history of SCI, current changes in treatment appear to be modifying the natural history. In particular very early surgery, including decompression of the spinal cord and vertebral stabilization with instrumentation appears, in some cases of SCI, to be improving outcomes. No treatment is given other than standard of care for SCI. Data is collected in hopes to help SCI patients in the future.


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