Spinal Shock

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Also known as spinal shock syndrome, spinal shock is the loss of muscle tone and spinal reflexes below the level of a severe spinal cord lesion[1]. It takes between days and months for spinal shock to completely resolve and when it does, the flaccidity that was once seen gradually becomes spasticity[2].

Difference between Neurogenic Shock and Spinal Shock

Symptoms of Spinal Shock

Stages of Spinal Shock

Its Role in the Management of Spinal Cord Injuries


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  1. Smith PM, Jeffery ND. Spinal Shock-Comparative Aspects and Clinical Relevance. Journal of Verterinary Int Med 2008; 19(Iss 6)
  2. Ko HY. Spinal Shock. In Management and Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injuries. Singapore: Springer, 2019. pg123-134.