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Doctor insights on: Is The Spinal Cord An Organ

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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 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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What is spinal cord insult?

What is spinal cord insult?

Cord Injury: Its a generic term used for injury to the spinal cord. Usual causes include infection, trauma, autoimmune/inflammatory and from multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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What can injure the spinal cord?

What can injure the spinal cord?

Spinal cord injury: Anything that can cause pressure, gradually or suddenly, may injure the spinal cord. That would include arthritis, herniated disc, tumor, infections. Instability would allow the cord to be stretched or bruised: after trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, surgery. Vascular abnormalities could interfere with spinal cord circulation like a stroke. Abnormal spinal fluid flow could cause internal cord damage. ...Read more

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What's the functions of the spinal cord?

What's the functions of the spinal cord?

Many functions.: The spinal cord is essentially the information highway from the brain to the body and vice versa. Without the spinal cord, your brain would not be able to control the movements of your body, and sensation input from your body could not reach your brain. For example: hand touches hot stove-->body sends information to brain (along spinal cord)-->brain tells body to get hand off stove. ...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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Is there another name for the spinal cord?

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 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 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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How can they not pierce the spinal cord in an lp?

TECHNIQUE: The lumbar puncture is performed below the level of the spial cord. The nerve roots are usually mobile and are pushed out of the way by the needle. ...Read more

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In what way are nerves in the spinal cord damaged?

Most often trauma: Trauma can either sever the nerves or cause enough inflammation and swelling that a section can die off, with same results. Other things, such autoimmune, ischemia (lack of blood flow) and infection, can severely damage the cord as well. ...Read more

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What happens if your spinal cord is crushed or cut?

What happens if your spinal cord is crushed or cut?

Bad Prognosis: If spinal cord is severed, all functions inferior will be essentially ablated, and paralysis, sensory perception loss, and bowel/ bladder function will be destroyed. A crush is more variable with maybe some preservation of function, but could be as severe as through and through cut. ...Read more

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Is the spinal cord stymulator really been recalled?

Not all: Check your make and model and then consult the specific website for recall info. ...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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Is it possible for a baby not to have a spinal cord?

Is it possible for a baby not to have a spinal cord?

Unlikely: Lethal issue.
There are a variety of survivable spinal conditions. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me functions of the spinal cord?

Can you please tell me functions of the spinal cord?

Contains the nerves: Which go to your muscles of your body
and also to the sensory receptors in your body. You have a complex nervous system which has sympathetic, parasympathetic and yoru sensation and motor control. These neurons and axons are in the spinal cord and control your body. It transmits the electrical impulses which control yoru bodies functions and muscles. ...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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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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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 are signs of recovering from a spinal cord accident?

What are signs of recovering from a spinal cord accident?

You should ask your: Doctor. The spinal cord can be damaged in many ways. You will have sensory changes, loss of motor and bladder and bowel function if the injury is severe. And if you are lucky and can heal - then these functions will slowly repair themselves. ...Read more

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Please tell me can dr. Reconnect nerves to my spinal cord?

Please tell me can dr. Reconnect nerves to my spinal cord?

See Neurosurgeon: They may be able to help you figure out if this is possible or not. ...Read more

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If if it's benign and small, and affecting the spinal cord?

???: What is benign and small, and how is it affecting the spinal cord?? Please ask a direct question and we will respond. Do not understand what you need. ...Read more

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What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

Many things: It depends on what they mean by widening. It could be that it is being flattened spreading it wider due to compression in the neck from a herniated disc and/or facet joint arthritis. Or it could be something inside the spinal cord like extra fluid or even a tumor causing enlargement of the cord. ...Read more

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Which part of your spinal cord would you have to damage to die?

Teansection of your: Spinal cord can be fatal. The people who live usually... Have continued respiratory functions. If you cannot support breathing - you will die. If you transect the cord lower than your muscles of respiration you are more likely to survive. But in many cases people only partially transect the crod so they can maintain breathing. ...Read more

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What would be the best way to get more fat around my spinal cord?

What would be the best way to get more fat around my spinal cord?

Fat: You cannot preferentially gain fat in one specific area of the body (naturally). ...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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Could you tell me what happens if only a half of the spinal cord is damaged?

Let me explain: If you half of the cord damaged? You will lose the function belong to that part of the cord. ...Read more

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

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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My friend just severed his spinal cord. What could be in store for him as of right now?

My friend just severed his spinal cord. What could be in store for him as of right now?

Long tough recovery: Deficits from spinal cord trauma are defined by the location of the injury and whether the cord was completely transected or only partially damaged. That may not be known immediately depending on the other injuries suffered. A good neurologic exam can be as an MRI scan in predicting the degree of spinal cord damage. The course ahead is hard, and requires supportive friends and family. ...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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Does the upper part of the body like spinal cord grow after 18? My ciliac crest hasn't fused yet.

Does the upper part of the body like spinal cord grow after 18? My ciliac crest hasn't fused yet.

Possibly: Some folks may indeed experience growth "spurts" following age 18 and all the way through about age 20-21. I know because it happened to ME as well as my son. Both of us grew between ages 19-21. My son in fact, outgrew me at just about age 20 1/2. So 18 is not necessarily the end of growth in a man...generally, women ARE DONE with longitudinal growth by 18 but in some cases again, maybe not. ...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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Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Hmmm: Can't be described in 400 characters. Probably can't be appropriately described in a 400 page text book. There are 7 cervical vertebrae, 12 rib bearing thoracic vertebrae, 5 non-rib bearing lumbar vertebrae (there are normal variants to these by the way). There are 5 fused sacral vertebrae, and usually 3 vestigial coccygeal bones. The spinal cord extends from the brain down to about l1/l2, and.... ...Read more

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What types of tumors spinal tumors wrap around the spinal cord?

What types of tumors spinal tumors wrap around the spinal cord?

Spinal Cord Tumor: Although spinal cord tumors are rarer than brain tumors, lesions of the spinal covering (meningiomas), spinal nerves (schwanomma or neurofibroma) or a metastatic tumor from breast or prostrate are the most common tumors to wrap around the spinal cord. Tumors of the spinal cord (ependymoma or astrocytoma) may look like its surrounding the cord, but are usually inside the tissue. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord stimulation?

Neuromodulation: SCS directs electrical current to the spinal cord or spinal nerves. There are many different proprietary wave forms and energy sources on the market to provide this stimulation. This modulation of different nerve fibers using electricity to produce pain relief is called neuromodulation. This is most effective in nerve related pain. The most common use is for patients who have had spinal surgery. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord stimulation like?

Electrifying!: Spinal cord stimulation performed for relief of chronic pain involves insertion of electrodes in the back part of the spinal canal. These are guided up to a level at which pain reduction occurs upon administration of a small electric current. Spinal cord stimulation is rarely done for other purposes in routine practice. ...Read more