Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) results in paralysis and loss of sensation
caudally to the site of the lesion. It also presents the risk of many secondary
complications, some of which can be life threatening.
Peculiar to childhood SCI is the development of severe spinal deformity.
As spinal deformity, itself, can lay the foundation to further complications such
as functional decline and higher risk of pressure sores, as well as prove life
threatening by compromising the cardiovascular system, it is a problem that
causes great concern. As SCI in children is extremely rare the reported
experience m this field has been limited.
This thesis is concerned with the development of the skeleton following
childhood SCI, both in terms of skeletal deformity and growth, as well as its
influence on lung function. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.