• Wong PY, Wang YC, Chu NK, Tang FT and Wong MK (2001). Body weight, serum uric acid and lipid profile one year after spinal cord injury. Chang Gung Med J. 24 (9): 569-75. Summary: BACKGROUND: Survey of the serum lipoprotein profile, uric acid levels and body weight in Chinese patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) one year after injury, and to report the data of patients with SCI at different levels. METHODS: Seventy-seven Chinese patients with SCI categorized into cervical SCI, thoracic SCI, and lumbar SCI groups were enrolled in the study. The serum uric acid and lipoprotein profiles of these patients were evaluated one year after injury. All of the data in those different groups of SCI patients were compared with normal levels. Body weight before and after injury were also evaluated. RESULTS: Serum uric acid was within normal limits in all three SCI groups. A similar lower in serum high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) level was observed in all three groups of SCI patients. Higher serum levels were observed in total cholesterol (TC) in the lumbar SCI group, triglyceride and very low density lipoprotein cholesterol in the thoracic and lumbar SCI group, and TC/HDL-C ratio in all three SCI groups. Decrease of body weight were noted in cervical and thoracic SCI patients. CONCLUSION: Further long-term follow up was necessary to determine the serum lipid and body weight change in patients with SCI at different levels. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&li st_uids=11725627> Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, 222, Mai-Chin Road, Keelung, Taiwan, R.O.C.