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Basic Life Support Spinal Injury
Medical site: This is site for asking medical questions. You might want to try a lawyer's website. ...Read more
Support neck: Perform CPR without extending neck.Get a more detailed answer ›
Check your local: Check with your local group or children's hospital and they can direct you. ...Read more
From clinical stand point, is there an actual 'time limit' after brain death declaration to withdraw life support?
Do it now: There is no such thing as "life support" once brain death has been diagnosed. Third-party payers won't pay unless the technology is specifically to make an organ available for transplantation. One group of ideologues kept a brain-dead nebraskan's heart beating for over 20 years; no nervous tissue was found on autopsy. God save me from people like this. Be brave, and good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain MRI is fine.MRI of whole spine showing supecious intramedullary hyperintensities in cord posterior to bodies of D6 to D8.
This is a: nonspecific abnormality that can be associated with a variety of demyelinating processes including MS. There are usually changes in the brain as well, but not always. Your doctor will interpret these findings in the context of your clinical/laboratory picture. ...Read more
Partial fusion of C7 and t1 vertebral bodies with rudimentary intervening disk and bony fusion of right facet joint. is this serious? implications?
See a Neurosurgeon -: who will examine you and take it from there. Without knowing how all this is affecting you, it'll be difficult for anyone to answer your questions. You were born with these and it might be causing some stiffness in your neck motion(maybe!!), otherwise I don't think it'll be causing anything else. Good Luck. ...Read more
I'm writing an essay on whether stem cells can cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?
Cure 4 paralysis?: In sept issue cell, a stem cell line called nsi-566 (neuralstem) was successfully used to regenerate transected spinal cords in mice, with over 57% take of grafted cells. Multiple axons were generated which covered 17 spinal segments and formed reciprocal synaptic connectivity in grey matter. Neuralstem has applied for a trial to treat chronic spinal cord injury, and thereafter likely for acute. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult situation: This is a complex question and depends upon the wishes of the patient (often only known by immediate family members by prior conversation), or if the patient has a living will or advance directive that clearly states their wishes. Without this information, the answer depends on (among many things) the severity of the stroke, the age of the patient and the estimated chances of a meaningful recovery. ...Read more
Below the level: Of the injury, you can have disruption of anything from a few sensory nerves to complete disruption of all signals. In a complete spinal cord injury, there is basically no neuronal connection below the level, or at least very poor signals with scar tissue interference. All fibers can be disrupted, pain, temperature, vibratory, touch, autonomic, motor and sensory, all can be severed. ...Read more
Limited: Treatment options are relatively limited, and many remain experimental. Complications abound and include things that immobility predisposes one to--blood clots, skin breakdown, contractures, etc. Bowel and bladder control also present problems, too--catheterizations, urinary infections, etc. Many other problems can occur--pain, deformities, etc. ...Read more
No : As yet there is no "cure" for spinal cord injury. That said there are many potential areas under investigation. There are ways to improve on current function depending on the completeness of the injury. A cord injury at t12 L1 is often a lower motor neuron injury and there is some possibility of peripheral nerve recovery and repair on its own. ...Read more
Hard to say...: Hi UMays My sympathy for you or whoever has the injury..any spinal injury can cause major changes, and regulation of circulation is one of them. Saying that, effects on respiration and upper cord function should be minimal. Regulation of circulation to lower gut, bladder, and lower limbs may be changed. this includes control of sexual response. Good luck. ...Read more
Does moderate degenerative joint disease of the knees at age 60 qualify for social security disability?
What support services are available newcastle upon tyne for parents of children with acquired brain injuries?
Great Ormond Street?: England has very good services available, but are very regional. The most famous center in england for such children is great ormond street in london. They would know what services are available in different regions. Newcastle upon tyne is a university city and should have access to good educational and therapy services. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please explain why is relaxation of the quadriceps muscle critical to obtaining 90 degrees of flexion from lightly restricted 50 to 60 degrees of flexion?
It's because the--: -quad contracts as U try to Flex.U need 2 block it out of the equation. My trick was 2 have U sit on a couch cushion that U pull out so when U flex, U squeeze the cushion with Ur hams. Do this & U will see the quad doesn't contract. Another way is 2 sit on the couch and drag Ur heel toward U with hard downward force as if trying 2 make a trench. This also will stop the quad from contracting, ...Read more
Does ACL deficiency puts more stress on other knee ligaments (pcl, mcl, lcl)? Is there a risk of injury to these ligaments?
Strength/ flexibilit: The most important aspects would be to work on core strength with abdominal and lumbar strengthening exercises. Also flexibility in the lower back, and ham strings is very important. Excess wt gain should be avoided as this puts additional stress on the front abdominal muscles. ...Read more
Environmentally: Good question. Patients with spinal cord injury (particularly higher level, more complete injuries) are 'poikilothermic' meaning that their environment dictates their body temperature. Out in the heat, a person with quadriplegia may run fever. In the cold, hypothermia is a real concern. The best solution: get out of the elements. Dress appropriately, layer, and monitor body temp while outdoors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer