Neurogenic Bowel

Alterations in the central or peripheral nervous system can result in delayed gastric emptying, prolongation of intestinal transit time, and poor colonic motility, collectively known as neurogenic bowel. Neurogenic bowel has a significant impact on the quality of life of individuals with SCI, causing morbidity and even death (Correa & Rotter 2000). Modifications to dietary fiber consumption may assist with the management of neurogenic bowel following SCI. For further discussion on neurogenic bowel and specific nutrition interventions refer to our Bowel Dysfunction and Management module.