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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

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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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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 does it mean to have an acute spinal cord injury?

What does it mean to have an acute spinal cord injury?

Nerve damage: An acute spinal cord injury refers to nerve damage involving the spinal cord-- this is the large bundle of nerves that carries impulses to the arms, legs, and trunk for muscle control, as well as relays sensory information from the same areas to the brain for feeling pain, temperature, & other sensations. Cord injury impairs these functions. Severity depends on the extent & location of the injury. ...Read more

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My bf 16, was hit in back where spinal cord is by elbow, in pain, what could this mean?

My bf 16, was hit in  back where spinal cord is by elbow, in pain, what could this mean?

It isn't the pain: What's important here isn't the pain but the presence or absence of neurological symptoms, such as weakness, sensory loss, problems with urine & bowel control and difficulty walking. Local pain such as a muscle bruise will subside in a week or 10 days. Lingering spinal pain may indicate significant spinal injury, without any necessary spinal cord injury. ...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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What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

See below: That there is something, bone, disc material, tumor, something reducing the diameter on the spinal canal and causing pressure/compression of the spinal cord and that the compression is acute or rapidly progressing in nature. ...Read more

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