Respiratory Cases I

22 yo male, spinal fracture

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VC is a 22-year-old male who suffered a C3 spinal cord fracture three years ago as a result of a diving accident. Following the diving accident, VC spent a month in an acute care hospital. Once his condition stabilized, he was transferred to a rehabilitation facility for four months. He currently resides in a long-term care facility that specializes in quadriplegic care.

Which of the following is the most likely pulmonary consequence of severing the spinal cord at C3?