Phrenic N stim: Side effects

Clinical - Respiratory/Pulmonary

A recent survey of phrenic nerve stimulators from Australia noted a high incidence of revision operations (42%). Complications in this cohort (not necessarily due to the stimulators themselves) included “recurrent respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, pressure sores, kyphoscoliosis, neurogenic bladder and muscle spasms“.

Phrenic Nerve Stimulators: Side Effects/Problems

  • Reoperation: 42%
  • Phrenic nerve damage
  • Post-operative infection (1-2%)
  • Paradoxical movement / negative work
  • Associated problems: respiratory tract infections, UTI, pressure sores, kyphoscoliosis, neurogenic bladder and muscle spasms

Sources

    J Clin Neurosci;2010 Feb;17(2):205-8

    [PubMed: 20056422]

    Respir Physiol Neurobiol;2009 Nov 30;169(2):200-9

    [PubMed: 19786125]

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2011

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