Sleep disorders in patients with spinal cord injury

Maria Pia Giannoccaro, Keivan Kaveh Moghadam, Fabio Pizza, Stefano Boriani, Nadir Mario Maraldi, Patrizia Avoni, Angela Morreale, Rocco Liguori, Giuseppe Plazzi

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Sleep disturbances are globally more frequent in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) than in the able-bodied population, and could contribute to dysfunction and poor quality of life in these patients. Specific sleep disorders may also contribute to negative health outcomes enhancing cardiovascular risk in a condition that per se increases heart disease related mortality. This review focuses on prevalence, features and treatment of sleep disorders in SCI. Although data on these subjects have been produced, reports on pathophysiology, consequences and treatment of sleep disorders are scarce or contradictory and more studies are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-409
Number of pages11
JournalSleep Medicine Reviews
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Sleep breathing disorders
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sleep movement disorders
  • Traumatic spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology


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