Emergency neurological life support: Spinal cord compression (SCC)

Kristine H. O'Phelan, E. Bradshaw Bunney, Scott D. Weingart, Wade S. Smith

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Abstract

Acute spinal cord compression (SCC) is the most serious of the diseases of the cord and should be accorded special attention in neurocritical care. Patients with SCC have a combination of motor and sensory dysfunction that has a distribution referable to one, or a few contiguous, spinal levels. Bowel and bladder dysfunction and neck or back pain are usually part of the clinical presentation but are not uniformly present. Because interventions are time-sensitive, the recognition and treatment of SCC was chosen as an ENLS protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S96-S101
JournalNeurocritical Care
Volume17
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

Keywords

  • Epidural abscess
  • Epidural infection
  • Myelopathy
  • Paraplegia
  • Protocol
  • Quadriplegia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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