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What is spinal cord insult

A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irfan Lalani
22 years experience Neurology
Cord Injury: Its a generic term used for injury to the spinal cord. Usual causes include infection, trauma, autoimmune/inflammatory and from multiple sclerosis.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Simmons
18 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Not very: The spinal cord is roughly 18 inches long and somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inch in diameter. It extends from the foramen magnum (the giant hole at t ... Read More
Dr. Kareen Velez
14 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1.5 feet long: The spinal cord measures about 43-45cm or 17-18 inches long. The width is variable, since it has 2 areas of enlargement at the cervical and lumbar reg ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
23 years experience Neurology
Many: Definition of the word injury is important. Spinal cord can be damaged by trauma, compression, infection, decreased blood supply, autoimmune disorder ... Read More
Dr. Douglas Linville II
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Spinal cord injury: Anything that can cause pressure, gradually or suddenly, may injure the spinal cord. That would include arthritis, herniated disc, tumor, infections. ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Haug
14 years experience Neurology
Many functions.: The spinal cord is essentially the information highway from the brain to the body and vice versa. Without the spinal cord, your brain would not be abl ... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Simmons
18 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Spinal fluid (CSF): Cerebrospinal fluid is produced deep in the brain and then flows down and out around the spinal cord, bathing the brain and cord in protective fluid. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yo-El Ju
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Medulla: In old anatomy, medulla spinalis refers to the spinal cord and medulla oblongata refers to the back part of the brain (that is now commonly referred t ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
44 years experience Surgical Oncology
Moderate: Fortunately, the bones in the spine give us pretty good protection and spinal cord injuries are much less common than things like broken wrists, colla ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Not yet I am: Sorry to say. This is something medicine is working on very hard right now with stem cells and grafts, but the science just is not there yet.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lengle
35 years experience Interventional Radiology
TECHNIQUE: The lumbar puncture is performed below the level of the spial cord. The nerve roots are usually mobile and are pushed out of the way by the needle.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Most often trauma: Trauma can either sever the nerves or cause enough inflammation and swelling that a section can die off, with same results. Other things, such autoimm ... Read More

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