Case of the Month #38 Spinal Cord Injury

Published 27/04/2023

Take Home Messages

  • Early assessment and scrupulous management of traumatic spinal cord injury is key to preventing secondary injury.  

  • High spinal injuries, above T6, carry a significant risk of haemodynamic instability through either neurogenic or spinal shock. 

  • Injuries above C5 may compromise diaphragmatic function and necessitate ventilatory support.