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What is a spinal schwannoma?

What is a spinal schwannoma?

Tumor: These are typically benign tumors arising from some of the supportive cells lining the nerve cell sheaths. ...Read more

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What is a spinal fusion?

What is a spinal fusion?

Just like it sounds: Its when multiple vertebrae are fused together so they no longer move. You sacrifice some of your range of motion for pain relief. Be sure you have exausted all conservative measures first, because once its done, there's no going back. ...Read more

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What is a spinal discogram?

What is a spinal discogram?

Simple test: It is a test that evaluates the discs between the vertebrae. Performed with minimal if any sedation, under xray guidance, a very thin needle is advanced into the disc. Generally xray dye is injected into the disc, xray pictures are taken to evaluate the integrity of the disc. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord stimulation?

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 myelomalacia of spinal cord c4-t1?

What is myelomalacia of spinal cord c4-t1?

Definitions of: Myelomalacia or "bad spinal cord" is abnormal tissue structural change of the cord negatively affecting its function brought on by several causes but most times due to degenerative changes when involving multiple levels leading to narrowing of spinal canal compressing the spinal cord and creating these cord changes. Surgery is indicated if there is evidence of cord compression to prevent worsening. ...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 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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What is a tethered cord and is it serious?

What is a tethered cord and is it serious?

Yes: A tethered cord happens when the end of the spinal cord (the filum terminale) is attached to the sacrum. As growth occurs, this puts tension on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Sciatica: The sciatic nerves arise from the branches of l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) and s3. When these branches of these nerves come together they form the sciatic nerve. Because the sciatic nerve arises from each of these five nerves, often any one of these nerves can present also with the symptoms of sciatica. This nerve is considered a peripheral nerve, not a spinal cord nerve. ...Read more

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What is a spinal abscess?

What is a spinal abscess?

Infection: An abscess is a localized area of infected tissue, usually secondary to a bacterial infection. If this involves the vertebral column or is within the spinal canal, this could be very dangerous and life threatening and would require emergency treatment. ...Read more

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What is a lumbar puncture?

What is a lumbar puncture?

Diagnostic test: A lumbar puncture is a test where a needle is inserted into the spinal canal to draw out a small amount of cerebral spinal fluid for diagnostic testing purposes, such as diagnosing meningitis. ...Read more

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How is a spinal cord injury typically diagnosed?

How is a spinal cord injury typically diagnosed?

Multiple ways: A thorough history, physical examination, and review of the appropriate imaging studies can lead to a diagnosis of spinal cord injury. Sometimes further nerve testing and spinal fluid sampling may be necessary. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Anyone know what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Severed cord: This is a spinal cord injury where the spinal cord is severed ( cut in half ) resulting in permanent loss of function below that level of the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for spinal cord tumor?

Removal: Removal of tumor to prevent damage to spinal cord. ...Read more

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What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

Syringomyelia: A syrinx can occur from a post-traumtic spinal cord injury. Consult a neurosurgeon who specializes in this to best determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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What is spinal bifida?

What is spinal bifida?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is a general anatomical term used to describe maldevelopments in the lumbo-sacral region and more rarely in the neck and back. It is a situation were the bones of the spine, in particular the lamina that do not fully form and there can be many variations of spina bifida. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

No: Sciatica is a pain symptom of a pinched nerve in the spine. Spinal cord injury is an actual/potential damage to the spinal cord resulting in a sensory or motor deficit. The two are very different. Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about either. ...Read more

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What is a lumbar microdiscectomy?

What is a lumbar microdiscectomy?

Keep functional disc: Term used for minimal disruption of normal anatomy to remove disc herniation. ...Read more