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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the injury?

The main symptom of an SCI is a loss of movement and feeling below the level of injury. Trauma to the spine at or below the spot where the neck and chest meet will affect the legs. Complete loss of function at this level is called paraplegia. Incomplete loss is called paraparesis. Injuries involving the neck will also affect the arms. Complete loss of function in the arms and below is called quadriplegia. Partial loss in all four limbs is called quadriparesis. Below the level of injury, the person will lose:

  • bowel, bladder, and sexual function
  • feeling
  • movement
  • position sense, or awareness of where the body is
  • These losses may be partial or complete. They may be temporary or permanent. It depends on the severity of the injury.

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    Spinal Cord Injury: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: James Warson, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/20/01

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