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EDITORIAL
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-3

Diaphragm Pacing (Phrenic Nerve Stimulation) in a High Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in Quadriplegic Patient


1 Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Thoracic Surgeon, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
5 Critical Care Specialist, Department of Critical care medicine, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
J K B C Parthiban
Neurosurgeon, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10039-1115

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The aim of this editorial is to share and discuss our experience of using diaphragm pacing (phrenic nerve stimulation) in a quadriplegic patient who was ventilator dependent following odontoid fracture and high-level spinal cord contusion. Performing diaphragm pacing is possible in India. However, case selection and involvement of team of specialists is essential. Awareness is lacking among medical professionals and in our society about rehabilitation of quadriplegics.


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