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Hypothermia Treatment For Spinal Cord Injuries
Stem cells - Future: Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury. Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs. There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Spinal cord injury is a condition in which a person has damage to the nerves in his spinal cord (which is protected inside the spine from the brain to the tailbone). Injuries such as those from car accidents, climbing accidents, or gunshot wounds often cause paralysis (loss of use of legs, abdominal ...Read more
No cures: I am so sorry for your friend. Current treatments for sci focus on preserving neurological function at the time of injury. To date there are no cures to return lost nerve function. If an injury is complete (no feeling and complete paralysis), there is the possibility of getting some feeling back, but paralysis can improve only if there is some preserved movement below the injury level. ...Read more
Not really: Unfortunately there are no truly new or novel treatment options available at this time. The hallmarks of current treamtent are focused on preventing further damage in the initial period after injury. There continues to be research in the area of stem cell transplant but to date it is only experimental. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Do you think stem cells have the potential to cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?
My opinion - no: Connections within the spinal cord are very complex. Injury is often very severe with destruction of structures, infarction, necrosis, etc. Cells send fibers from the brain to the muscles through very complex pathways. A simple stem cell can not replace these connections. Atrophy of muscles will not be helped. Bowel and bladder function may not be helped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not yet: This is the one area where we all have hope that stem cells will provide a breakthrough, but we are a long ways away. However, there are now many revolutionary electronic devices being developed, and some amazing results. One site to investigate is the program at ucla, but also check with www.Aan.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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