Spinal shock.

  title={Spinal shock.},
  author={Patty P Atkinson and John L. D. Atkinson},
  journal={Mayo Clinic proceedings},
  volume={71 4},
The term "spinal shock" applies to all phenomena surrounding physiologic or anatomic transection of the spinal cord that results in temporary loss or depression of all or most spinal reflex activity below the level of the injury. Hypotension due to loss of sympathetic tone is a possible complication, depending on the level of the lesion. The mechanism of injury that causes spinal shock is usually traumatic in origin and occurs immediately, but spinal shock has been described with mechanisms of… CONTINUE READING