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What organ is most affected by stroke? The heart/circulatory or brain and spinal cord?

What organ is most affected by stroke? The heart/circulatory or brain and spinal cord?

Brain: Stroke is a condition that primarily affects the brain.There are ischemic strokes where a particular blood vessel is blocked and the part of the brain that is perfused is deprived of blood/oxygen and then dies.There are hemorrhagic strokes where there is the accumulation of blood in the brain (intracerebral hemorrhage)or aneuysmal bleed where the blood spills out into the outer layers of the brain. ...Read more

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How common are injuries to the spinal cord?

How common are injuries to the spinal cord?

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, collarbones, legs, etc. But they are devastating injuries when they lead to paralysis, so you should do everything you can do to prevent them. Wear your seatbelt, be very careful on ladders, stay off roofs (unless trained), don't dive into water, etc. ...Read more

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Could an injury to the spinal cord cause mental damage?

Could an injury to the spinal cord cause mental damage?

Also watch for meds: Agree with excellent answer above. Additionally, many of the medications used for spinal cord injuries (especially pain medicines and muscle relaxants) can cause cognitive issues. ...Read more

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What kind of fluid fills the spinal cord?

What kind of fluid fills the spinal cord?

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. It is primarily water with ions (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium), protein, glucose, and other trace substances. ...Read more

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How does an injury to the spinal cord affect the nerves?

How does an injury to the spinal cord affect the nerves?

Depends on damage: The spinal cord serves as a conduit for information to/from the brain.If cord injury is minor(brief compression/shock) the information transfer may stop for a time & return after any swelling/etc.Is gone. If the injury kills a segment of the cord, the sensation below the segment is lost and voluntary control of muscles below the injury is gone (permanent paralysis). Reflex mvt may persist. ...Read more

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Is there another name for the spinal cord?

Spinal cord: Actually yes, it is also called medulla spinalis, medulla means a structure in the middle of the organ and spinalis is related to the vertebral spines as the peripheral nerves originate from the spinal cord on both sides of the vertebral spines. ...Read more

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Could dr. Reconnect nerves to my spinal cord?

Could dr. Reconnect nerves to my spinal cord?

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. ...Read more

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

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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What does it mean to have the spinal cord swell? Why can the spinal cord swell, and how long can it last? What risks/damage does this create?

What does it mean to have the spinal cord swell? Why can the spinal cord swell, and how long can it last?  What risks/damage does this create?

Damage to cord: Swelling in the spinal cord occurs after injury just like in other parts of the body. The injury can come due to compression (transient or continuous), infarction (lose blood supply), tumor, inflammatory disease, infection and other causes. How long it lasts depends on what the cause is and if it's treated properly. Damage depends on location (cervical, thoracic, lumbar): paralysis, sensory etc. ...Read more

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How big is the spinal cord?

How big is the spinal cord?

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 the base of the skull) to approximately the 10th-12th thoracic vertebrae. ...Read more

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