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Thread: ASIA and Complete/incomplete classification

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    ASIA and Complete/incomplete classification

    So as I understand it, as long as you cannot feel or voluntarily use your anal sphincter you're still considered a "Complete" injury, right?

    I'm very curious because so many therapies and trials mention whether or not they might be helpful for incomplete vs. complete. For example IH specifically is likely to help incompletes but not completes.

    In my case I was classified A/complete but have since recovered some minimal motor in various muscles.

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    You might want to read this article by Dr. Young. The exam has been modified a bit since he wrote this in 2003:

    Also, here is the place where you can get the information about the ISNCSCI (International Standards for Neurologic Classification of Spinal Cord Injury), formerly called the ASIA exam:


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