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What specialists deal with spinal cord disease?

What specialists deal with spinal cord disease?

See below: Neurologists manage nonsurgical spinal cord problems such as MS , stroke, transverse myelitis. Neurosurgeons manage surgical problems such as tumors, trauma, disc herniations. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Myelopathy (Definition)

Myelopathy is a general term describing the presence of disease in the spinal cord. There is a large range of causes such as viral infections and trauma. Movement and sensation may ...Read more


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What is spinal cord disease, other than an injury or trauma?

What is spinal cord disease, other than an injury or trauma?

Many: These include infections, tumors, strokes, inflammatory disorders, polio, als, transverse myelitis, and many others. There are vascular diseases, autoimmune disorders, and other syndromes/diseases which can affect the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the name of that spinal cord disease als?

What is the name of that spinal cord disease als?

A few terms: Spinal muscular atrophy refers to a childhood disorder of motor nerve cells. Primary lateral sclerosis is a focal form of ALS which can involve spinal cord. Primary muscular atrophy is another term indicative of a varying location, within cord, sparing upper nerve cells. ...Read more

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If you take super horny goat weed and stop takeing it can you get a spinal cord disease?

If you take super horny goat weed and stop takeing it can you get a spinal cord disease?

No: No, that shouldn't happen. The herb "super horny goat weed" doesn't affect the central nervous system. It is reportedly a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor. ...Read more

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What does "spinal cord signal is normal with no evidence of myelopathy", mean?

Normal image: The spinal cord looks normal on imaging with nothing to suggest pathology of the spinal cord (inflammatory, traumatic, vascular, etc.) as a cause for any neurological deficit. ...Read more

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Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Tricky: first, if there are signs of nerve damage (strength, sensation, changes in control of bowel or bladder) then surgery is indicated. Then.... 1-10% of the population has lumbar disk disease and surgery is not generally done and doesn't have that good of an effect when it is. Neurofibroma in spine complicates things. A Lot. It's a growing benign tumor and surgery might spread it. Radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What are the most common spinal cord lesions/diseases in infants?

What are the most common spinal cord lesions/diseases in infants?

Type 0 SMA: is the most common. The literature suggests there should be absent reflexes but this is not always the case. Autosomal dominant condition with 1/80 carrier state. There is a blood test for this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a spinal cord disorder or disease that may cause death before the age of 30?

Are you worried?: ALS is the disease I think of first. Are you concerned that you have one? There is no background information in your post whatsoever, so under the circumstances I can't think of anything to add. ...Read more

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Do all prion diseases predominately affect the brain or also the spinal cord and nerves?

Do all prion diseases predominately affect the brain or also the spinal cord and nerves?

Prion: Prions are proteins that have changed conformation, so that the normal function of the protein inside the cells won't work. The prions' also causes other normal proteins to misfold and make more prions, spreading the process. The prions affect many cells in the body, but they particularly harm nerve cells in the brain, causing progressive rapid degeneration. They are not alive, and have no dna. ...Read more

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I've heard that the brain, spinal cord and other central nervous system tissue is where mad cow disease is found. Would steak be ok to eat?

I've heard that the brain, spinal cord and other central nervous system tissue is where mad cow disease is found. Would steak be ok to eat?

Well... muscles cont: Contain nerves. I would not eat any part of the cow that had mad cow. But... Eating the brain and spinal cord or tail (which contains the spinal cord) would obviously be worse than a slice of steak. ...Read more

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Spinal Cord Disease (Definition)

Spinal cord disease is a condition where the nerves of the spinal cord are injured or infected. This affects their function and causes ...Read more