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How can spinal cord injury patients manage their body temperature?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Environmentally

Good question. Patients with spinal cord injury (particularly higher level, more complete injuries) are 'poikilothermic' meaning that their environment dictates their body temperature.
Out in the heat, a person with quadriplegia may run fever. In the cold, hypothermia is a real concern. The best solution: get out of the elements. Dress appropriately, layer, and monitor body temp while outdoors.

In brief: Environmentally

Good question. Patients with spinal cord injury (particularly higher level, more complete injuries) are 'poikilothermic' meaning that their environment dictates their body temperature.
Out in the heat, a person with quadriplegia may run fever. In the cold, hypothermia is a real concern. The best solution: get out of the elements. Dress appropriately, layer, and monitor body temp while outdoors.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Dr. Michele Arnold
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Depends on level

This really depends on the level of spinal cord injury & it's completeness with levels above t6 being the level that affects these patients the most as to adjusting for cold & heat.
They need to stay in environments that can be temperature controlled, ideally. Otherwise, they need to be dressed appropriately for changes of temperature & aware as well as educated concerning this aspect of sci.

In brief: Depends on level

This really depends on the level of spinal cord injury & it's completeness with levels above t6 being the level that affects these patients the most as to adjusting for cold & heat.
They need to stay in environments that can be temperature controlled, ideally. Otherwise, they need to be dressed appropriately for changes of temperature & aware as well as educated concerning this aspect of sci.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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