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

The respiratory system in spinal cord injury.

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Department of Respiratory Care, Craig Hospital, Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System, Englewood, Colorado, USA.


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.

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