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Does c spinal cord injury affects brain function?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: Spinal cord injury affects portions of the body b elow the site of the injury. The brain is not affected, but these injuries are frequently very disturbing and sometimes dangerous. The person suffering from this can be depressed and needing of assistance in many other ways.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Only if head injury: A cervical spinal cord injury should not directly affect brain function. However, the forces involved in a neck injury are often powerful enough to cause head injury as well. It is common to see concussion or closed head injury alongside cervical spinal cord injury. If there is any question about possible brain injury, consider a head ct scan or a cognitive eval by a speech-language pathologist.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
No: A cervical spinal cord injury will not alter the function of the brain.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

The function of the spinal cord and how does it work with the brain?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Fiberoptic cables: Like phone cords, the brain connects down through the brainstem by tracts like fiberoptic cables connecting the motor/sensory areas of the brain to the areas of the spinal cord sending out nerves to your body. Long and very complex but wonderfully made!

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