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Spinal Cord. 2017 May;55(5):466-477. doi: 10.1038/sc.2016.164. Epub 2017 Mar 21.

International spinal cord injury endocrine and metabolic extended data set.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development, National Center for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury, James J Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.
Department of Medicine, The Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai,New York, NY, USA.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.
Clinic for Spinal Cord Injuries, Rigshospitalet, NeuroScience Center, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.



The objective of this study was to develop the International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Endocrine and Metabolic Extended Data Set (ISCIEMEDS) within the framework of the International SCI Data Sets that would facilitate consistent collection and reporting of endocrine and metabolic findings in the SCI population.


This study was conducted in an international setting.


The ISCIEMEDS was developed by a working group. The initial ISCIEMEDS was revised based on suggestions from members of the International SCI Data Sets Committee, the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Executive and Scientific Committees, American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Board, other interested organizations, societies and individual reviewers. The data set was posted for two months on ISCoS and ASIA websites for comments. Variable names were standardized, and a suggested database structure for the ISCIEMEDS was provided by the Common Data Elements (CDEs) project at the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the US National Institute of Health (NIH), and are available at


The final ISCIEMEDS contains questions on the endocrine and metabolic conditions related to SCI. Because the information may be collected at any time, the date of data collection is important to determine the time after SCI. ISCIEMEDS includes information on carbohydrate metabolism (6 variables), calcium and bone metabolism (12 variables), thyroid function (9 variables), adrenal function (2 variables), gonadal function (7 variables), pituitary function (6 variables), sympathetic nervous system function (1 variable) and renin-aldosterone axis function (2 variables).


The complete instructions for data collection and the data sheet itself are freely available on the website of ISCoS (

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