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Doctor insights on: What Is The Job Of The Spinal Cord

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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 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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In what way are nerves in the spinal cord damaged?

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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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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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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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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