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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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I had a sports injury in the year of 1998. As a result I have around a 45 degree angle in my spinal cord. I need a good medicine for spasms, help.

I had a sports injury in the year of 1998. As a result I have around a 45 degree angle in my spinal cord. I need a good medicine for spasms, help.

Go see your doctor!: If you need anything medically related, start w/your family physician. Think of him/her as your team's coach, putting the right players (specialists) in at the right time for the right play (test/procedure/medication). There are many options for muscle spasm but they all start w/an examination & testing, possibly imaging & emg/ncv. Pain specialist can be of assistance for interventional options. ...Read more

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Are "spine surgery" and spinal cord injury medicine basically the same?

Are "spine surgery" and spinal cord injury medicine basically the same?

Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine includes treatment of conditions associated with SCI including spasticity, bowel and bladder issues, pain, and loss of function. Specialists in this area are certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and may have subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. The Spine Surgeon performs surgery to address spinal instability caused by fracture. ...Read more

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When it comes to medical specialties, are spine surgery and spinal cord injury medicine the same thing?

When it comes to medical specialties, are spine surgery and spinal cord injury medicine the same thing?

No they are not: The surgeon operates to stabilize and decompress the injured anatomy of the spine. The specialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine refers to physicians who have studied, and treat the primary and secondary complications of the spinal cord injury. Including, but not limited to rehabilitation, mobility,urological endocrine,respiratory,cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, dysfunction. ...Read more

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Hi docs, can you tell me if spine surgery and spinal cord injury medicine are the same?

Hi docs, can you tell me if spine surgery and spinal cord injury medicine are the same?

Spinal cord injury: No. Spine surgery is performed to decompress and stabilize the spine. Spinal cord injury medicine is used to reduce inflammation. Physiatrists or rehabilitation physicians who specialize in spinal cord injury focus on rehabilitation to restore function. Therapy begins after surgery to speed and enhance recovery. ...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 doesnt 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 doesnt 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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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

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How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

Very: It can lead to paralysis. It needs to be managed by an expert in an appropriate setting. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord stimulation good for?

What is spinal cord stimulation good for?

Leg pain: It is best for persistent leg pain after failed surgery. ...Read more