The respiratory system in spinal cord injury

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2000 Feb;11(1):29-43, vii.


Respiratory complications are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality during the acute and chronic phases after spinal cord injury (SCI). This article reviews the respiratory impairments resulting from SCI and discusses a range of management strategies to be considered from the acute care phase through long-term follow up. The treatment of specific complications and preventive measures are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications*