Neurocritical Care

, Volume 17, Supplement 1, pp 96–101

Emergency Neurological Life Support: Spinal Cord Compression (SCC)

  • Kristine H. O’Phelan
  • E. Bradshaw Bunney
  • Scott D. Weingart
  • Wade S. Smith
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12028-012-9756-3

Cite this article as:
O’Phelan, K.H., Bunney, E.B., Weingart, S.D. et al. Neurocrit Care (2012) 17(Suppl 1): 96. doi:10.1007/s12028-012-9756-3


Acute spinal cord compression (SCC) is the most serious of the diseases of the cord and should be accorded special attention in neurocritical care. Patients with SCC have a combination of motor and sensory dysfunction that has a distribution referable to one, or a few contiguous, spinal levels. Bowel and bladder dysfunction and neck or back pain are usually part of the clinical presentation but are not uniformly present. Because interventions are time-sensitive, the recognition and treatment of SCC was chosen as an ENLS protocol.


Myelopathy Epidural infection Epidural abscess Paraplegia Quadriplegia Protocol 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristine H. O’Phelan
    • 1
  • E. Bradshaw Bunney
    • 2
  • Scott D. Weingart
    • 3
  • Wade S. Smith
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of Miami, Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.ENLS Course Co-Chair, Division of ED Critical CareMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.ENLS Course Co-Chair, Department of NeurologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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