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ASIA Sensory Scale
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Supplemental: Chiari I Malformation (CM)
Short Description of Instrument
Purpose: The ASIA Sensory Scale measures the amount of sensory function presenting in patients with spinal injuries. The scale tests 14 key dermatones on each side of the body, for a total of 28 testing sites.
Comments/Special Instructions
Instructions: The test is performed by using both light touches and pin pricks on the key dermatomes to collect the score. The presence or absence of anal sensations are also recorded during the tests.
Scoring: The ASIA Sensory Scale utilizes a 0–2 rating based on a 56-point scale. The scale is as follows:
      1. – The sensation is absent

– The sensation is present but impaired 2 – The sensation is normal
This is a widely used scale to rate sensory impairment and has been extensively validated.
Singh, AP. (2014) What Is ASIA Score and How It Helps in Classification of Spinal Injury. Accessed 23 June 2016:


Document last updated July 2019