Journal article

Anaesthetic aspects of implanting diaphragmatic pacing in patients with spinal cord injury

D Story, E Mariampillai, M Nikfarjam, M Howard, A Nunn, R Onders

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care | AUSTRALIAN SOC ANAESTHETISTS | Published : 2010

Abstract

Some patients with high cervical spinal cord injury are largely or completely dependent on mechanical ventilator support. Diaphragmatic phrenic nerve pacing is a new technique that offers some patients greater independence from mechanical ventilation. In selected patients, electrodes are placed on the abdominal side of the diaphragm via laparoscopy. An external pacing box provides the pacing stimulus. We report our experience with four patients with spinal cord injury in a pilot project, presenting for laparoscopic insertion of diaphragmatic phrenic nerve pacing leads inserted. The surgery took about two hours and diaphragmatic mapping precluded muscle relaxants. We used desflurane with remi..

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