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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?

Much too common: Since many spinal cord injuries result in permanent numbness, weakness, and even paralysis, it is important to protect your spinal cord. Avoid high risk behaviors and be smart. During summer months especially we see spinal cord injuries from jumping head first into shallow pools or rivers, and from high speed car/motorcycle accidents, often with alcohol involved. Be safe! ...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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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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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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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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What is a space occupying lesion on the spinal cord?

What is a space occupying lesion on the spinal cord?

Abnormality: Any abnormality that occupies a space that normally is occupied by spinal cord in above reference.. It usually refers to a suspicious tumor but could be blood, pus or cyst etc. ...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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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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