Ten patients with spinal cord infarction were followed up after 1 to 27 (median, 3) years to establish the sequelae of the disease in the long term.
Eight surviving patients were interviewed about mobility, pain, and activities of daily living. All 8 patients had residual weakness in the legs; 7 of them were able to live at home without professional help. All but 1 suffered from continuous pain, which was not dependent on the degree of weakness.
Motor function had improved to some extent in all patients, but pain is a disabling feature in the long term.
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