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Just published on line! Malnutrition in spinal cord injury: more than nutritional deficiency

J Clin Med Res. [1] 2012 Aug;4(4):227-36. Epub 2012 Jul 20.

Malnutrition in spinal cord injury: more than nutritional deficiency.

Dionyssiotis Y [2].


Medical Department, Rehabilitation Center Amyntaio, General Hospital of Florina, 2nd km National Road Amyntaio-Thessaloniki, 53200, Amyntaio, Florina, Greece. Email: yannis_dionyssiotis@hotmail.com.


Denervation of the spinal cord below the level of injury leads to complications producing malnutrition. Nutritional status affects mortality and pathology of injured subjects and it has been reported that two thirds of individuals enrolled in rehabilitation units are malnourished. Therefore, the aim should be either to maintain an optimal nutritional status, or supplement these subjects in order to overcome deficiencies in nutrients or prevent obesity. This paper reviews methods of nutritional assessment and describes the physiopathological mechanisms of malnutrition based on the assumption that spinal cord injured subjects need to receive adequate nutrition to promote optimal recovery, placing nutrition as a first line treatment and not an afterthought in the rehabilitation of spinal cord injury.

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