Daily Archives: July 15, 2004
Let me rephrase your question. Only 10% of the axons in the spinal cord are necessary and sufficient for recovery of functions such as locomotion. That is probably why a majority of people with so-called “incomplete” spinal cord injury recover walking. As many as 50% of people with incomplete spinal cord injuries will recover walking.
Adhesion of the spinal cord to the surrounding dura and tethering of the cord has several potential deleterious effects on the spinal cord. First, cerebrospinal fluid normally flow in the space between the spinal cord and dura. Adhesions between the spinal cord and dura may obstruct the fluid flow. The fluid then may be forced to flow in the central canal or through any channel that it can find.
Over time, this abnormal flow causes an enlarged cyst in the spinal cord called a syringomyelia or syrinx. Second, the spinal cord normally slide smoothly within its dural enclosure.
OTTAWA — Canada’s first quadriplegic MP was forced to take a back entrance through the kitchen yesterday to join his new colleagues for lunch in the swank parliamentary restaurant.
Steven Fletcher’s large motorized wheelchair is too big for the otherwise accessible elevators used by most diners.