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Doctor insights on: Spinal Cord Injury Facts And Figures At A Glance

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Suspected a fall as a child caused a butterfly vertebrae at spine (middle point of the back/shoulder plates). Any treatment?

Suspected a fall as a child caused a butterfly vertebrae at spine (middle point of the back/shoulder plates). Any treatment?

Birth defect: This occurs in the womb as the primitive vertebrae are forming.It is not injury related. In most it is asymptomatic and never requires any treatment.If you think yours is troublesome you can set up a visit with an orthopedic/back specialist to consider your options. If not, ignore it. ...Read more

Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Are there any visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury, if you arrive first at an accident scene?

Are there any visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury, if you arrive first at an accident scene?

Not necessarily: It is important if you are first on the scene and there is someone hurt not to move that person. If they have a spinal cord injury or if there is the potential for one, they need to be immobilized by qualified emts. ...Read more

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I'm writing an essay on whether stem cells can cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

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 more

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Will a tail bone injury fall in the category of spinal cord injury?

Will a tail bone injury fall in the category of spinal cord injury?

No: If all that was injured is the coccyx. The spinal cord ends in the upper lumbar spine. The coccyx or "tail bone" is a small boney structure off the end of the sacrum. There are no associated spinal cord components that far down the spinal collumn. Injuries to this bone and surrounding soft tissues can be very painfull however, and perpheral nerves can be involved. ...Read more

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What specific imaging test takes pics of the nerves coming out of (exiting) the spinal cord? I believe their called spinal nerve roots, not sure.

What specific imaging test takes pics of the nerves coming out of (exiting) the spinal cord? I believe their called spinal nerve roots, not sure.

MRI (best) or CT: An MRI of the spine is the most accurate imaging test to evaluate the spinal cord and the nerve roots exiting the spinal canal. This is most often done without an injection of contrast, however there may be an indication for you to receive an injection of contrast with the MRI. As a Neuroradiologist I often discuss with and advise the referring physician regarding the need for contrast. ...Read more

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How would a incomplete Spinal cord injury at T5 Affect the Circulatory system?

How would a incomplete Spinal cord injury at T5 Affect the Circulatory system?

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

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Is there any cure for spinal cord injury at level t12- l1?

Is there any cure for spinal cord injury at level t12- l1?

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

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MRI results C3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? And indention on spinal cord. I have a appt end of March is this to long to wait?

 MRI results C3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? And indention on spinal cord. I have a appt end of March is this to long to wait?

Ideally you should: be seen ASAP due to the disc herniation, especially if you are having symptoms. I suggest a spinal expert orthopedic surgeon and you may want to call your local community hospital referral service. You will need examination, evaluation, diagnosis, PT and medication. 2 months seems too long! ...Read more

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Brain MRI is fine.MRI of whole spine showing supecious intramedullary hyperintensities in cord posterior to bodies of D6 to D8.

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

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Living with severe sensory motor polyneuropathy at age 39 what would my prognosis look at 50 years of age when the disease is severe?

Living with severe sensory motor polyneuropathy at age 39 what would my prognosis look at 50 years of age when the disease is severe?

Hard to say: I'm sorry to hear about your discomfort. We really need more information especially cause of your pain Rob. The therapeutic intervention would help depending on the cause and the therapy that is available and those that will be available in the future ...Read more

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What amount compensation for spinal cord injury and heart injury?

What amount compensation for spinal cord injury and heart injury?

Medical site: This is site for asking medical questions. You might want to try a lawyer's website. ...Read more

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MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? indention on spinal cord. Is there Risk with riding thrill rides at the fair or theme parks?

 MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm?  indention on spinal cord. Is there Risk with riding thrill rides at the fair or theme parks?

Yes! Big risk!: Those thrill rides will throw your head around, as your head is not really secured in the rides. This can cause either acute swelling of the herniated disc, or even a new herniation in a vulnerable cervical spine, which could result in either worsened radicular symptoms or even paralysis if it goes to far. You should not to go on these rides. Too risky! ...Read more

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Is it possible to crack the skull and preserve the brain at low temperatures? Without brain dying and the whole spinal cord.

Is it possible to crack the skull and preserve the brain at low temperatures? Without brain dying and the whole spinal cord.

Hmmmm..: Not sure how to answer. Many an unfortunate individual has actually cracked their head in the snow and been preserved for several hours with complete recovery. How long were you proposing to preserve things? There is no way to remove the brain from the body without detaching the spinal cord - this would be a major stumbling block to preserving anything of use.... ...Read more

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How close are doctors to finding a cure for spinal cord injury?

Slow, small advances: The spinal cord is very complex, with millions of tiny nerve cells packed into a small area. Spinal cord injury disrupts these nerve cells, and they don't grow back together well at all. Many researchers are working on this problem, and slow progress is being made. We are still many years away from being able to completely cure this problem. ...Read more

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Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?

Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?

Avulsion: Yes, severe stretch trauma can cause avulsion of the spinal nerve rootlets from the cord. Unfortunately, when this occurs, the damage is irreversible. ...Read more

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Please explain who is the longest living quadriplegic with a c1 thru c 7th spinal cord injury?

I don't know: But people can live for a long time after spinal cord injury. Its more about other care issues. You want to make sure you don't get bedsores or any complications from not feeling your body below the injury. ...Read more

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What is a "pinched" spinal cord? A friend was recently involved in an auto accident and was initially diagnosed with a severed spinal cord. Shortly following the diagnosis, his doctors said his spinal cord is "pinched", not severed. What is the difference

What is a "pinched" spinal cord? A friend was recently involved in an auto accident and was initially diagnosed with a severed spinal cord. Shortly following the diagnosis, his doctors said his spinal cord is "pinched", not severed. What is the difference

Spinal cord : A 'pinched' spinal cord means that there is some spinal cord compression, but does not signify the amount of compression of the spinal cord. A severed or cut spinal cord can mean penetrating injury or transection due to fracture dislocation, and signifies drastic damage and neurological compromise. But these are nonspecific terms. Hope your friend is ok! ...Read more

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