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Perinatal spinal cord injury requiring long-term home mechanical ventilation: a report of four cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10509351     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although perinatal spinal cord injury has been discussed in detail in the literature with respect to aetiology and diagnosis, few studies address long-term outcome, and none address the outcome of long-term home mechanical ventilation in this population. The four patients reported here with perinatal spinal cord injury have used home mechanical ventilation for time periods ranging from 6 to 17 years, with varying results. Their courses with respect to respiratory, neuromuscular, neuropsychological, and nutritional issues are described with reference to the current literature. It is believed that, with the advent of organized home mechanical ventilation programmes and increased acceptance of this technology by the lay public and medical community, the prognosis of the child with perinatal spinal cord injury requiring assisted ventilation is much improved, and may be more positive than the literature currently suggests.
J C Lumeng; V S Nelson; E A Hurvitz
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric rehabilitation     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1363-8491     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Rehabil     Publication Date:    1999 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-21     Completed Date:  1999-10-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9709256     Medline TA:  Pediatr Rehabil     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Mott Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0230, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fatal Outcome
Home Nursing
Infant, Newborn
Intermittent Positive-Pressure Ventilation*
Nutritional Status
Spinal Cord Injuries / rehabilitation*
Time Factors

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