Tetraplegia And The Need For Ventilatory Assistance
Tetraplegia 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 Tetraplegia which is also known as Quadriplegia.
An SCI can be complete or incomplete. The term incomplete indicates that the patient has some sensory or motor function below the injury level. There are seven cervical vertebrae and eight cervical nerves, identified as C1 through C8. The level of injury directly correlates to the patients abilities and needs.