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The Journal of Spinal Surgery


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.

Keywords: Diaphragm pacing, Phrenic nerve, Spinal cord injury.

How to cite this article: Parthiban JKBC, Balasundaram S, Rajendran K, Arulselvan V, Sivakumar MN. Diaphragm Pacing (Phrenic Nerve Stimulation) in a High Cervical Spinal Cord Injury Quadriplegic Patient. J Spinal Surg 2017;4(1):1-3.

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Conflict of interest: None

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