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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
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What organ is most affected by stroke? The heart/circulatory or brain and spinal cord?

Dr. Jefferson Chen
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
1M people helped
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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Neill M. Wright, Md
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
27 years in practice
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How common are injuries to the spinal cord?

Dr. Neill M. Wright, Md
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
27 years in practice
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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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Board Certified, Neurology
12 years in practice
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Could an injury to the spinal cord cause mental damage?

Dr. Julian Bragg
Board Certified, Neurology
12 years in practice
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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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Dr. Richard Simmons
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
13 years in practice
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What kind of fluid fills the spinal cord?

Dr. Richard Simmons
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
13 years in practice
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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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Mohammad Homsi
Board Certified, Neurology
28 years in practice
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Is there another name for the spinal cord?

Dr. Mohammad Homsi
Board Certified, Neurology
28 years in practice
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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How does an injury to the spinal cord affect the nerves?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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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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Dr. Prem Gupta
Board Certified, neurology
43 years in practice
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What is a space occupying lesion on the spinal cord?

Dr. Prem Gupta
Board Certified, neurology
43 years in practice
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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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Dr. Robert Kent
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
7 years in practice
2M people helped
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Could dr. Reconnect nerves to my spinal cord?

Dr. Robert Kent
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
7 years in practice
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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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Dr. Brian Le
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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My spinal cord simulator is recalled. Would you recommend I have it removed?

Dr. Brian Le
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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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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Dr. Laurence Haber
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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