What is the ED treatment for ileus in spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Ileus is common. Placement of a nasogastric (NG) tube is essential. Aspiration pneumonitis is a serious complication in the patient with a spinal cord injury with compromised respiratory function (see Treatment of Pulmonary Complications and Injury). Antiemetics should be used aggressively.


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