Spinal cord injuries associated with cardiopulmonary complications.

  title={Spinal cord injuries associated with cardiopulmonary complications.},
  author={E B Winslow and Michael Lesch and James V. Talano and Paul R. Meyer},
  volume={11 8},
Twenty-two of 83 consecutive patients with traumatic quadraplegia admitted to a regional spinal injury center had significant bradycardia. These bradycardic patients accounted for 66% of the cervical spinal cord injured patients' mortality. In general, bradycardia in patients with cervical spinal cord injuries appears to be due to unopposed vagal tone. This bradycardia is self-limited within 3-5 weeks after the onset of paraplegia and does not require permanent pacemaker therapy.