International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury –  Revision 2013

Authors: J. Kříž 1,2;  R. Háková 1;  V. Hyšperská 1;  Z. Hlinková 1;  R. Lukáš 3;  R. Anděl 4,5
Authors‘ workplace: Spinální jednotka při Klinice RHB a TVL 2. LF UK a FN v Motole 1;  Ortopedicko-traumatologická klinika 3. LF UK a FNKV 2;  Traumacentrum, Krajská nemocnice Liberec 3;  School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA 4;  Mezinárodní centrum klinického výzkumu, FN u sv. Anny v Brně 5
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2014; 77/110(1): 77-81
Category: Original Paper


International standards for neurological classification of spinal cord injury have been repeatedly revised since the first standards became available in 1982. The last revision, published in 2013, brought about important design and terminology changes to the data record form and some of the formulations. Also, the non‑key muscle concept has been elaborated upon to distinguish between complete and incomplete motor lesion more precisely. The Czech version of the form and its distribution among health care professionals enables improved assessment of a neurological condition and its progression in SCI patients.

Key words:
spinal lesion – neurological classification – ASIA protocol

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manu­script met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


1. American Spinal Cord Injury Association. Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Injured Patients. Chicago: ASIA 1982.

2. Kirshblum S. The new worksheet, presented at ASIA annual Conference [on‑line]. Available from URL: http:/ / elearning/ Whats_new_with_INSCSCI- ASIA_072413_reduced.pdf.

3. Kirshblum S, Waring W, Biering- Sorensen F, Burns SP, Johansen M, Schmidt- Read M et al. Reference for the 2011 revision of the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury. J Spinal Cord Med 2011; 34(6): 547– 554.

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