Quadriplegia, also known as tetrapalegia, is the loss of voluntary movement and sensation in all four extremities, and usually results from a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Other conditions, such as a brain stem lesion or spinal meningitis, may also result in quadriplegia. After the patient is neurologically and orthopedically stable and cannot be weaned from mechanical ventilation, a diaphragm pacing system should be considered.
Perihan smiling while using the Avery system! Perihan sustained a spinal cord injury at the neck level in a fall down a mobile staircase. Perihan’s neurosurgeon Professor Sedat Cagli, at Ege University Hospital, Izmir Turkey, told her about the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker, and in February 2012 she was implanted. Thirty days later, she [...]