What is the role of spinal shock in the pathogenesis of neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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When an individual sustains a spinal cord injury (eg, from a diving accident or motor vehicle injury), the initial neurologic response is spinal shock. During this spinal shock phase, the affected individual experiences flaccid paralysis below the level of injury, and the somatic reflex activity is either depressed or absent.


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