Unusual Presentations of Birth Related Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Chien Chung Lee, I. Jun Chou, Yi Jung Chang, Ming Chou Chiang*

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Neonatal spinal cord injury is a rare complication of birth trauma by difficult delivery. The typical manifestations are often catastrophic, include decreased or absent movement, loss of reflexes, apnea or periodic breathing, and a lack of response to painful stimulation. The outcome is usually fatal or severe, with long-term sequelae of respiratory insufficiency, limb weakness, or even paralysis of the limbs. We described a male neonate with a C2 spinal cord injury who was born smoothly by vaginal delivery and was unnoticed initially due to unusual subtle symptoms. He presented with a hoarse voice, swallowing dysfunction, decreased movement of upper limbs, and hypercapnia. After receiving corticosteroid therapy and rehabilitation, he recovered much except that he still needed ventilator support at night.

Original languageEnglish
Article number514
JournalFrontiers in Pediatrics
StatePublished - 29 09 2020

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  • birth injury
  • hoarseness
  • neonatology
  • spinal cord injury
  • swallowing dysfunction


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