Prevention of deep venous thrombosis in patients with acute spinal cord injuries: Use of rotating treatment tables

Daniel M. Becker, Marco L. Gonzalez, Amilcare Gentili, Frank Eismont, Barth A. Green

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Abstract

A randomized clinical trial of 15 patients with acute spinal cord injuries was performed to test the hypothesis that rotating treatment tables prevent deep venous thrombosis in this population. Four of 5 control (nonrotated) patients developed distal and proximal thrombi, assessed by 125I fibrogen leg scans and impedance plethysmography. In comparison, only 1 of 10 treated (rotated) patients developed both distal and proximal thrombosis (P = 0.007). These results suggest but do not prove that rotating treatment tables prevent the development of proximal deep venous thrombosis in spinal cord-injured patients. Larger clinical trials are needed to confirm this heretofore undocumented benefit of rotating treatment tables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-677
Number of pages3
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1987

Keywords

  • Deep venous thrombosis
  • Prevention
  • Rotating treatment table

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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