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Early versus Delayed Decompression for Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: Results of the Surgical Timing in Acute Spinal Cord Injury Study (STASCIS)

  • Michael G. Fehlings mail,

    michael.fehlings@uhn.on.ca

    Affiliation: Divisions of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Alexander Vaccaro,

    Affiliation: Division of Spinal Disorders, Department of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Jefferson R. Wilson,

    Affiliation: Divisions of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Anoushka Singh,

    Affiliation: Divisions of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • David W. Cadotte,

    Affiliation: Divisions of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • James S. Harrop,

    Affiliation: Division of Spinal Disorders, Department of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Bizhan Aarabi,

    Affiliation: Department of Neurosurgery, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Christopher Shaffrey,

    Affiliation: Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Marcel Dvorak,

    Affiliation: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Charles Fisher,

    Affiliation: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Paul Arnold,

    Affiliation: Department of Neurosurgery, University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Eric M. Massicotte,

    Affiliation: Divisions of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Stephen Lewis,

    Affiliation: Divisions of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Raja Rampersaud

    Affiliation: Divisions of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Published: February 23, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032037

About the Authors

Michael G. Fehlings, Jefferson R. Wilson, Anoushka Singh, David W. Cadotte, Eric M. Massicotte, Stephen Lewis, Raja Rampersaud
Divisions of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alexander Vaccaro, James S. Harrop
Division of Spinal Disorders, Department of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Bizhan Aarabi
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Christopher Shaffrey
Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America
Marcel Dvorak, Charles Fisher
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Paul Arnold
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: michael.fehlings@uhn.on.ca

Competing Interests

No direct funding was received by the authors from Medtronic Inc and there are no financial ties between authors and the company. The logistics of the study were supported by PhDx through an unrestricted grant to the Spine Trauma Study Group by Medtronic Inc. There are no patents, products in development or marketed products to declare. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MGF AV JRW AS DWC JSH BA CS MD CF PA EMM SL RR. Performed the experiments: MGF AV JRW AS DWC JSH BA CS MD CF PA EMM SL RR. Analyzed the data: MGF JRW. Wrote the paper: MGF JRW.