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TitleDiseases of the Spinal Cord [electronic resource] / edited by Edmund Critchley, Andrew Eisen
ImprintLondon : Springer London, 1992
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Descript XIV, 453p. 88 illus. online resource


The spinal cord is a long structure, conslstmg of white and grey matter, that not only serves to provide a neural connection between the brain and the body, but also contains neural circuits that are organized segmentally and that are responsive to central and peripheral sensory input. Thus the spinal cord is capable of some behavioural activity that is of clinical significance, and that is more evident when higher modulation is disturbed. The released activity of spasticity, and the disturbances of bladder and bowel control that occur in patients with spinal cord lesions are examples. The spinal cord is well protected within its bony canal but is, nonetheless, susceptible to compression by degenerative joint or bone disease, or by neoplasm. Spinal cord compression is a common clinical problem that is not always easy to recognize. However, it is particularly important because of the good reยญ sults of appropriate treatment and the unfortunate consequences should the diagnosis be missed. Many other medical and surgical disorders affect the spinal cord, including vascular disease, decomยญ pression sickness, degenerative disorders and multiple sclerosis. In this book Dr. Critchley and Dr. Eisen, and their colยญ laborators, chosen for their expertise and experience in spinal cord disorders, have gathered together descriptions of the sympยญ toms and signs of spinal cord disease


1 Introduction -- 2 Anatomy as a Key to Function of the Spinal Cord -- 3 Spinal Modulation of Noxious Stimuli -- 4 Spasticity -- 5 Hazards of Lumbar Puncture -- 6 Neuropathology -- 7 Embryonic Development of the Spinal Cord and Associated Disorders -- 8 Imaging of the Spine and Spinal Cord -- 9 Neurophysiological Investigation of the Spinal Cord -- 10 Radiculopathy due to Diseases other than Disc Disease -- 11 Disc and Degenerative Disease: Stenosis, Spondylosis and Subluxation -- 12 Craniocervical Anomalies and Non-traumatic Syringomyelia -- 13 Cervical Myelopathy due to Rheumatoid Arthritis -- 14 Meningitic Disorders and Myelopathies -- 15 Anterior Horn Cell Diseases -- 16 Three Tropical Spinal Cord Syndromes -- 17 The Conus Medullaris and Sphincter Control -- 18 Spinal Vascular Disease -- 19 Decompression Illnesses and the Spinal Cord -- 20 Hereditary and Nutritional Disorders of the Spinal Cord -- 21 Vertebral Body Collapse -- 22 Spinal Epidural Abscess -- 23 Spinal Cord Compression and Spinal Cord Tumours -- 24 Trauma and Paraplegia -- 25 Rehabilitation, Walking Aids, Functional Electrical Stimulation and Overcoming Spasticity

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