Table 1

Characteristics of the two groups of patients

IVMP group (n=12) Control group (n=17) p Value
Year of observation (range)1994–91975–1998
Mean age (y (range))9.5 (2–14)8.0 (1–14)0.4
Sex ratio (M/F)8/45/120.05
Clinical features:
 Back pain4/127/170.7
 Hyperacute onset (<12 h)3/124/17>0.999
 Supramedullary symptoms4/125/17>0.999
 Complete flaccid paraplegia12/1217/171.0
 Sphincter disturbances11/1217/170.4
 Sensory level10/1215/17>0.999
 Increased CSF cell count8/128/170.45
Mean follow up (months)14.6660.001
  • IVMP=Intravenous methylprednisolone.