SESSION TITLE: Pulmonary Rehabilitation
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Respiratory dysfunction is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in spinal cord injury (SCI), which causes impairment of respiratory muscles, reduced vital capacity, inefficient cough, and impaired mechanics of ventilation. Patients with cervical SCI (CSCI) are at increased risk of tracheostomy although the majority can be managed noninvasively without empiric tracheostomy. We aimed to analyze the successful tracheostomy decannulation or extubation in motor complete CSCI patients.