Recurrent asystole resulting from high cervical spinal cord injuries

D. L. Franga, Michael L. Hawkins, R. S. Medeiros, D. Adewumi

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Cervical spinal cord injury is a highly morbid condition frequently associated with cardiovascular instability. This instability may include bradyarrhythmias, as well as hypotension, and usually resolves in a relatively short time. However, over a 3-year period (January 2003-December, 2005), 5 of 30 patients with complete cervical spinal cord injuries seen at our Level I trauma center required placement of permanent cardiac pacemakers for recurrent bradycardia/asystolic events. Strong consideration for pacemaker placement should be given for those spinal cord-injured patients with symptomatic bradyarrhythmic events still occurring 2 weeks after injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-529
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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  • Surgery

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    Franga, D. L., Hawkins, M. L., Medeiros, R. S., & Adewumi, D. (2006). Recurrent asystole resulting from high cervical spinal cord injuries. American Surgeon, 72(6), 525-529.