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Spinal cord injury most costly US condition:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Spinal cord injury was the most expensive condition treated in US hospitals in 1996, costing $56,800 on average for a hospital stay, according to a recent report from the US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Other costly conditions were infant respiratory distress syndrome ($56,600), low birth weight ($50,300), leukaemia ($46,700) and heart valve disorders ($45,300). The most common reasons for hospital admissions were coronary atherosclerosis, pneumonia, congestive heart failure and heart attack. The report, Hospital Inpatient Statistics, 1996, is compiled from insurance data.

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