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What is the definition or description of: inflammation of the spinal cord?

What is the definition or description of: inflammation of the spinal cord?

Inflammation: Definition of inflammation of the spinal cord could be a very long list of causes. But in short inflammation is some sort of irritation to the cord that can be caused by infection, injection of foreign materials or even bleeding into the area around the cord. It is a very general terminology and in a diagnostic workup would have to be more focused on what might the causes of the inflammation. ...Read more

Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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Does inflammation of the spinal cord lead to any major symptoms or complications?

Does inflammation of the spinal cord lead to any major symptoms or complications?

Yes: It can even lead to death. It can lead to paralysis, weakness, numbness and tingling, and many other problems.
Sometimes full recovery is possible. ...Read more

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Top causes of spinal cord inflammation?

Myelitis: Multiple sclerosis can present with a partial transverse myelitis; neuromyelitis optica; viral post infectious or acute transverse myelitis; sarcoidosis; compressive myelopathy; infections (syphilis, lyme's disease, poliomyelitis). ...Read more

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2 years ago I was diagnosis with transverse myelitis. Again I had another lesion on my spine close to the first one past and present brain MRI was clear should I be doing a spinal tap. Could it still be ms?

2 years ago I was diagnosis with transverse myelitis. Again I had another lesion on my spine close to the first one past and present brain MRI was clear should I be doing a spinal tap. Could it still be ms?

This needs diagnosis: Need to tie this down. First, get aquaporin-4 study for neuromyelitis optica, and also visual evoked potential which is twice as accurate as mri. Yes, it could very well be ms, and you should get spinal fluid and check oligoclonal bands, but send fluid to mayo clinic, not locally. Lastly, get a second opinion asap. Ms drugs will make worse if nmo. Other problems should be excluded. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of transverse myelitis? I've had s negative brain MRI and cervical/spinal ct.

What are the symptoms of transverse myelitis? I've had s negative brain MRI and cervical/spinal ct.

Transverse myelitis: With chronic involvement one sees urinary retention and spasticity with sensory deficits below the level of involvement. ...Read more

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Where does the spinal cord end in children and adults?

Where does the spinal cord end in children and adults?

Varies with age: The lower end of the cord ends at the lower margin of the 3rd lumbar vertebrae in a newborn and gradually moves up to the lower border of the 1st lumbar vertebrae in adults. Various nerve exit lower and cord coverings extend a bit lower. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for inflammation of the spinal cord?

What is the treatment for inflammation of the spinal cord?

Depends on disease: Myelitis- inflammation of the spinal cord is treated in several different ways depending on the reason for the inflammation.
It could be treated with steroids, antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and several therapies. ...Read more

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What is the inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve?

What is the inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve?

see below: A spinal nerve (root) is a large nerve bundle that leaves the spine at regular intervals, right and left. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the body. Think of a bee sting, with pain, swelling and sensitivity. Inflammation of the nerve root, causes pain close to the spine, and along the route of the nerve. Epidural steroid injections are sometimes used to place anti-inflammatories into the spine. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve?

What does it mean to have inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve?

Problem xitng spine: Nerves branch off in bundles from the spinal cord & exit thru an opening between the vertebrae. This is the nerve root. The opening itself is subject to narrowing or irritation from arthritis or various illnesses as are the tissues nearby. Nerve bundles are surrounded bu flexable tissue that can be compressed by the swelling nearby and end up choking off some of the nerve activity. ...Read more

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What's the inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve called?

What's the inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve called?

Radiculitis.: Radiculitis refers to inflammation of the nerve root. A more general term for any problem with spinal nerve roots (including compression) is radiculopathy. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the treatment of inflammation of meninges caused by spinal fluid leakage?

Help please? What is the treatment of inflammation of meninges caused by spinal fluid leakage?

Tough??: Inflammation of the meninges is generally a result of (and not a cause of) CSF leak. In fact, some inflammation in the presence of a leak may help seal the leak. Inflammation may also indicate infection however, so you should discuss with your doc. It also depends on the cause of the leak (post-op, spontaneous, post-trauma, etc.). Most leaks seal themselves, but there is a small risk of meningitis ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the treatment of inflammation of meninges caused by spinal fluid leakage?

Could you tell me what is the treatment of inflammation of meninges caused by spinal fluid leakage?

Tough??: Inflammation of the meninges is generally a result of (and not a cause of) CSF leak. In fact, some inflammation in the presence of a leak may help seal the leak. Inflammation may also indicate infection however, so you should discuss with your doc. It also depends on the cause of the leak (post-op, spontaneous, post-trauma, etc.). Most leaks seal themselves, but there is a small risk of meningitis ...Read more

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Which malfunction is caused by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord?

Which malfunction is caused by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord?

Meningitis: This can be very mild with headache to severe and lifethreatening with high fevers and comas. Most of the time this depends on the cause of the meningitis wether it be viral, bacterial. ...Read more

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Would a cat scan show the inflammation or swelling from primary amoebic meningoencephalitis? If there was signs would there then be a spinal tap?

Would a cat scan show the inflammation or swelling from primary amoebic meningoencephalitis? If there was signs would there then be a spinal tap?

Maybe.: Ct is not the best test for early infectious processes in the brain. Mri with contrast is best, but much longer and not always available. If amebic encephalitis is suspected, a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) would be appropriate, even if the ct is normal. ...Read more

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My sister had spinal problem. C3, c4 and L4 L5 regions intending thecal sac and inflammation. Now she has severe head shake which doesn't stop and sweats?

My sister had spinal problem. C3, c4 and L4 L5 regions intending thecal sac and inflammation. Now she has severe head shake which doesn't stop and sweats?

Spinal Problem: It is important that she follow up with the neurologist and the neurosurgeon. The shaking in her head could be related to the inflammation in her spine, the sweating is also a neurological problem. I hope she gets better soon. Best wishes ...Read more

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My spinal cord simulator is recalled. Would you recommend I have it removed?

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My spinal cord simulator is recalled. Would you recommend I have it removed?

SCS replacement: Spinal cord stimulator includes two parts, lead and generator. If your generator is recalled, it's a simple replacement. If the leads are recalled, it can be replaced too, but more complicated.
The more important question is how well it works for your pain. If it works well, you should have it replaced. If it doesn't work well, talk to your doctor to see if it can be reprogrammed before removal. ...Read more

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If I have a spinal cord injury, what wheelchair transfer techniques are available?

If I have a spinal cord injury, what wheelchair transfer techniques are available?

See answer below: It all depends where you need to transfer to. Check out fasteddy07 on youtube where I demonstrate how to perform a variety of wheelchair transfers, on a shower bench, on a bed, in a car, from the floor etc... Of course, depending on the injury level, some transfers may not be possible independently. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the neurologocal defects associated with spinal cord injury?

I was wondering what are the neurologocal defects associated with spinal cord injury?

Variable: It can range from simple tingling to complete numbness and weakness as well as loss of bowel and bladder function. Basically you cannot move that part of the body below the spinal cord injury. ...Read more

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Hard bony area at the end of spinal cord. Painless has been there for over 10 years. What should I do?

Below: At your next medical apt for any reason, point this out to your DR and get the correct answer.

If it has been there for 10 years, and is unchanged, it can be addressed at your next apt. ...Read more

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I have 2 disk pushing against spinal cord. I have pain in the mid part. What are my options and what are my limitations?

I have 2 disk pushing against spinal cord. I have pain in the mid part. What are my options and what are my limitations?

No heavy lifting-: See orthopedist for options- physiotherapist can advise re: activities based on their exam- firm mattress, massage sometimes helps. ...Read more

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Had a cyst on my spinal cord 4yrs ago. Diangosis with acm 1 last year however my dr says they are not related. Could I have type 2 instead?

Had a cyst on my spinal cord 4yrs ago. Diangosis with acm 1 last year however my dr says they are not related. Could I have type 2 instead?

Unlikely Chiari II: Chiari ii malformations tend to be obvious at birth, involving neural tube defects and/or hydrocephalus, so chances are that's not what you have. Cystic dilations of the spinal cord (syringes) are associated with chiari malformations. Your syrinx most likely is related to your chiari I malformation and probably warrants treatment. See a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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I have been having pain on my spinal cord in the middle if touched lightly this started 3 weeks ago the pain wakes me out my sleep somtimes?

Night pain: Any history of trauma? Get an immediate full medical history and physical please. Know how to describe the onset 3 weeks ago, sudden or gradual, any trauma involved. How long does the pain last? Any radiation of the pain to other areas, intensity 10/10? Character sharp, dull? What movements make it worse, turning your spine? Bending? Radiation to legs? Night pain indication to be seen ASAP. ...Read more

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Hi I was told I have two bulged discs spinal cord nerrowing in my back in November 2013 and now 2015 I am in constant pain do you think my back could have gotten worse?

Hi I was told I have two bulged discs spinal cord nerrowing in my back in November 2013 and now 2015 I am in constant pain do you think my back could have gotten worse?

Discs & Spinal Cord: Hello. You're young to be having bulging discs & especially spinal stenosis. Any trauma or family history of these? Were you treated in '13? What about currently? Get yourself evaluated to determine if repeat imaging studies are needed or if you can proceed directly with aggressive treatment of your constant back +/- leg pain. You can still have a high quality of life with these diagnoses. ...Read more

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Little pain at the end of the spinal cord. I am 18years old. What may be the problem?

See details: The possible causes are many including issues such as sprains or congenital problems. If you are concerned have the problem evaluated and x rays done. ...Read more

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I have lumph near to spinal cord with pain n now size is increased what is tha please tell me?

I have lumph near to spinal cord with pain n now size is increased what is tha please tell me?

Spine pain: A growing and painful mass is something needs to be evaluate - I would start with your primary care md and then based on the clinical findings they might order further x-rays. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tethered spinal cord?

Most often pain: Will be present, and this can include neurologic signs at that level, such as sensory changes or weakness as well. If it is suspected, and MRI should be ordered and it can show tethering normally. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can I still run with a spinal cord implantation?

Can I still run with a spinal cord implantation?

Depends on advice-: -of your implanter, as well as what is it in for. Implants can be used for delivery of meds or stimulaters for pain. Ask THE MAN! ...Read more

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Should I worry about the 10 mm syrinx cavity spinal cord?

Should I worry about the 10 mm syrinx cavity spinal cord?

Yes: You should make sure they did an MRI with contrast to exclude a mass and scan your brain to exclude a chiari malformation. ...Read more

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I would like to find athletes that suffered from spinal cord injuries?

Spinal cord injury: There are a number of web sites that have services for people with spinal cord injuries. The american association of neurological surgeons supports organizations that deal with both head injury and spinal cord injuries. ...Read more