Bowel management after spinal cord injury - flow chart

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This flow chart has been developed to guide clinicians in performing bowel management for a person with a spinal cord injury. It is relevant for both upper and lower motor neuron bowel dysfunction.

Neurogenic bowel is a general term for a bowel dysfunction due to neurological damage resulting from trauma, disease or injury.

*Gastrocolic reflex occurs when the ingestion of food stimulates decation 20-30 minutes later.

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