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Can you tell me what kind of bowel complications can arise after a spinal cord injury?

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Dr. Kristin Gustafson
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Neurogenic Bowel

Depends on the level of injury.
Injury above the sacral segments causes: upper motor neuron bowel. This can lead to prolonged transit times in the colon, and severe constipation with accidents and incomplete emptying.Injury at/below this level ex.Conus or cauda equina injury can cause loss of rectal tone and frequent accidents. A bowel routine directed by a sci doc or nurse can help manage this.

In brief: Neurogenic Bowel

Depends on the level of injury.
Injury above the sacral segments causes: upper motor neuron bowel. This can lead to prolonged transit times in the colon, and severe constipation with accidents and incomplete emptying.Injury at/below this level ex.Conus or cauda equina injury can cause loss of rectal tone and frequent accidents. A bowel routine directed by a sci doc or nurse can help manage this.
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