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Does the myelin sheath regenerate itself? If so, how long does it take?

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Dr. Kevin Hsu
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: No definite

Unfortunately while axons are known to grow at an approximate rate of 1 mm/day , there is less known about myelin rates of growth.
If you like research papers try searching online for "axon-glia interaction and membrane traffic in myelin formation" by robin white in frontiers in cellular neuroscience. It's technical but provides summary of what scientists are exploring now.

In brief: No definite

Unfortunately while axons are known to grow at an approximate rate of 1 mm/day , there is less known about myelin rates of growth.
If you like research papers try searching online for "axon-glia interaction and membrane traffic in myelin formation" by robin white in frontiers in cellular neuroscience. It's technical but provides summary of what scientists are exploring now.
Dr. Kevin Hsu
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Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine
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In brief: Myelin can heal

Demyelinating diseases like multiple sclerosis create a situation where the myelin will not heal itself.
Traumatized nerves do heal but they only move a few mm a day so it will take time for the nerve ends to meet and repair themselves. The myelin will heal in time at east several months.

In brief: Myelin can heal

Demyelinating diseases like multiple sclerosis create a situation where the myelin will not heal itself.
Traumatized nerves do heal but they only move a few mm a day so it will take time for the nerve ends to meet and repair themselves. The myelin will heal in time at east several months.
Dr. Glenn Messina
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