What is included in inpatient care for central cord syndrome (CCS)?

Updated: May 21, 2020
  • Author: Michelle J Alpert, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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See the list below:

  • Admit to neurosurgical intensive care unit for neurologic monitoring.

  • Blood pressure monitoring is essential because mild hypertension is often recommended to ensure adequate blood flow to the spinal cord in the first 12-24 hours.

  • Perform prophylaxis for deep venous thrombosis (DVT), preferably with low molecular weight heparin.

  • Parenteral feeding is often necessary because of an adynamic ileus.

  • Insert a Foley catheter for bladder retention problems.

  • Initiate a regular bowel program.

  • Pay special attention to skin care (eg, regular turning schedule, specialized mattress).


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