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What kind of injury to the spinal cord prevents the use of the legs but not the arms?

What kind of injury to the spinal cord prevents the use of the legs but not the arms?

Spine injury level: Your spinal cord is made up of nerve tracts running up and down to and from your brain to the rest of your body. A spinal cord injury at the level of your mid back or lower will not affect the nerves to your arms, which have already left the cord and spinal canal. ...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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Whats the functions of the spinal cord?

Whats the functions of the spinal cord?

Many functions.: The spinal cord is essentially the information highway from the brain to the body and vice versa. Without the spinal cord, your brain would not be able to control the movements of your body, and sensation input from your body could not reach your brain. For example: hand touches hot stove-->body sends information to brain (along spinal cord)-->brain tells body to get hand off stove. ...Read more

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What is the role of spinal cord in the nervous system?

What is the role of spinal cord in the nervous system?

Connector: The spinal cord connects the nerves in the brain with the nerves throughout the body. ...Read more

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Please describe the name of the spinal cord before it exits the skull?

Please describe the name of the spinal cord before it exits the skull?

Well.. it does not : Exist. There is no spinal cord in the skull. But the pons and medulla lead to the spinal cord which starts at the base of the skull. ...Read more

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Is the gray matter inside of the spinal cord but outside of the brain?

Is the gray matter inside of the spinal cord but outside of the brain?

Almost correct: The gray matter (nervous system tissue with cell bodies) is inside the cord, surrounded by white matter (axons: nerve fibers going to & from the brain). While there is gray matter on the surface of the brain, it is also present in collections deep inside the brain. The organization of the central nervous system is quite complex. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a tumor in the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord?

What are the effects of a tumor in the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord?

Menigeal: Carcinomatosis (if a cancer) or lymphomtous or leukemic menigitis. The former carries a poor prognosis. It is addressed in children with cranio-spinal irradiation and intr-thecal chemotherapy. In adults with solid tumors, it is a mark of quite advanced disease, causes cranial neuropathy, and weakness. Rarely only site of disease. ...Read more

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What is the worst outcome of osteomyelitis in the spinal cord?

What is the worst outcome of osteomyelitis in the spinal cord?

Paralysis: It can result in collapse of the vertebra with compression of the spinal cord. The paralysis in this case would be permanent. ...Read more

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What is the pathway of spinal fluid?

What is the pathway of spinal fluid?

See below: In short from choroid plexus to arachnaoid granulations. For more info consult this: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1879729611001013 ...Read more

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What are the nerves called that are on the most outer part of the spinal cord that deal with sensation ?

What are the nerves called that are on the most outer part of the spinal cord that deal with sensation ?

Dorsal root ganglion: I think you may be referring to the dorsal root ganglion which contain the cell bodies of nerves that relay sensory information into the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the name of that illness which is inside the nerves of the brain when the nervous currents can't cross the nerves of the brain in left side?

What is the name of that illness which is inside the nerves of the brain when the nervous currents can't cross the nerves of the brain in left side?

not sure: Not sure i understand the question. Do you mean like a disconnection syndrome? Maybe try rephrasing your question. ...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 triangulation of the spine?

What is triangulation of the spine?

Triangulation: My apologies but I don't understand "triangulation of the spine" in a woman your age. Can you please send me some additional information. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the function of the dorsal root of the spinal nerve?

Can you tell me the function of the dorsal root of the spinal nerve?

Lets you feel things: The nerve root has 2 "ganglions". The dorsal root is on the posterior side of the nerve (closer to your back) and carries the fibers that allow you to feel things in your extremities (for example: pain, temperature, vibration). The information is transmitted to your brain so you understand what type of sensation is being encountered by the extremity. ...Read more

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What is the job of pericardium?

What is the job of pericardium?

Theoretical: It theoretically prevents overstretching of the heart during filling but. Like your gall bladder, you can live a happy, productive, and symptom-free life without one! ...Read more

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What happens if the t8 segment of the spinal cord has a lesion?

What happens if the t8 segment of the spinal cord has a lesion?

T8 lesion: A lesion at T8 may cause numbness from the waist down, weakness of the legs, increased reflexes in the legs, urinary retention, or constipation. The symptoms vary with the location, size and cause of the lesion. ...Read more

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What is the name of that spinal cord disease als?

What is the name of that spinal cord disease als?

A few terms: Spinal muscular atrophy refers to a childhood disorder of motor nerve cells. Primary lateral sclerosis is a focal form of ALS which can involve spinal cord. Primary muscular atrophy is another term indicative of a varying location, within cord, sparing upper nerve cells. ...Read more

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What is myelomalacia in the cord at the level of c5-c6 disc? How is it treated?

What is myelomalacia in the cord at the level of c5-c6 disc? How is it treated?

See a neurosurgeon: Usually this is caused by an old or active injury to the spinal cord. Most common cause is from a disc herniation/bulge. Subtle signs of spinal cord compression are fine motor skill problems of the hands such as difficulty with buttoning buttons and also mild difficulty with walking. You should go see a neurosurgeon to help decide if there is active compression. ...Read more

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What is the name of the doctor who does surgery on peripheral nerves, not the spine?

What is the name of the doctor who does surgery on peripheral nerves, not the spine?

There are several...: Peripheral nerve surgery is done by several different specialties...Most commonly hand surgeons, plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons. Each subspeciality has specific areas of peripheral nerve specialization....In the end the only way to find out what a surgeon commonly operates on is to ask! ...Read more

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