A walking disaster: a case of incomplete spinal cord injury with symptomatic orthostatic hypotension
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Eight months post-injury, an ambulatory 58-year-old male with an incomplete spinal cord injury experienced syncope and a 52-mmHg drop in his systolic blood pressure during a tilt-table assessment. This case study highlights the necessity to examine autonomic function in all cases of spinal cord injury, regardless of injury severity.
KeywordsBlood pressure Central cord syndrome Orthostatic intolerance Tilt-table test Syncope
The authors would like to thank Drs. Michèle Hubli and Michael Berger from the University of British Columbia for their assistance with the autonomic assessments. The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation funds Dr. K. Currie and research in Dr. A. Krassioukov’s laboratory.
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