Emergency Neurological Life Support: Spinal Cord Compression (SCC)
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- 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
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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.