Spinal shock

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  • Do not confuse with Neurogenic Shock
  • Transient stunning of the cord with global loss of function (unlike neurogenic shock) with temporary loss of spinal cord function below complete or incomplete spinal cord injury
  • Bulbocavernosus reflex is among the first to return as spinal shock resolves
    • Mediated by S2-S4
  • Usually lasts day to weeks
    • Resolves when soft tissue swelling improves
  • Can think of it as a "concussion" of the spinal cord

Differential Diagnosis


See Also



Ross Donaldson