Influences and consequences resulting in addictions in general and to chronic alcoholism, especially for patients with spinal cord injury

Authors: Stoica SI (1,2) , Tanase I (1) , Onose G (1,2)
(1) Teaching Emergency Hospital ”Bagdasar-Arseni” (2) Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy ”Carol Davila”
Source: Balneo and PRM Research Journal. 2021;12(2):129–132
DOI: 10.12680/balneo.2021.432 Publication date: 2021 Jun E-Publication date: Not specified Availability: full text Copyright: Not specified
Language: English Countries: Not specified Location: Not specified Correspondence address: STOICA Simona-Isabelle, E-mail:


Article abstract

Introduction: Spinal cord injury can be a cause of severe disability, with important consequences at the individual and social levels. Causes are often produced by falls or road accidents; and addictions (particularly chronic ethylism) also increase the risk of vertebral-medullary lesions.

Materials and Methods: With with the approval of the TEHBA Ethics Commission (no.17464/14.06.2019), we used specific tests (DASS-21, MOS SF-36, SMAST, AUDIT, CAGE, AIS) and we questioned a group of patients admitted to the THEBA Neuro-Muscle Recovery Clinic after being treated in the Spinal Neurosurgery Service for acute and subacute vertebral medullary trauma.

Results: We evaluated the link between addictions (especially ethanol), the risk of spinal cord injury, and the underlying subacute evolution of patients with this pathology.

Conclusions: Substance abuse (especially ethanol) increases the risk of spinal cord injury and is a serious public health problem.

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