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October 1984

Rehabilitation of a Quadriplegic Professional Singer: Use of a Device to Provide Abdominal Muscle Support

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University (Dr Sataloff), and the Department of Speech and Hearing, Temple University (Dr Heuer), Philadelphia. Mr O'Connor is self-employed in Philadelphia.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1984;110(10):682-685. doi:10.1001/archotol.1984.00800360054013

• Abdominal muscle support is essential for singing. Nevertheless, it has been possible to rehabilitate a professional singer who sustained a C-5 fracture and quadriplegia. The device that has been developed has restored his ability to support singing and has improved respiratory function substantially. It appears to have potential usefulness for restoring effective coughing in other quadriplegic patients.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1984;110:682-685)

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