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How is spinal cord injury diagnosed?

Because the nerves control feeling and movement in specific parts of the body, the symptoms of a spinal cord injury tell a doctor exactly where the injury occurred. In addition to a complete physical exam and study of symptoms, diagnostic tests such as x-rays, computed tomography scans (CT scans), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the spinal area can help pinpoint the location and severity of the injury. A myelogram is special type of x-ray in which a dye is injected around the spinal cord. When the x-ray is taken, the dye will look pinched off in the area of the spinal injury. If the symptoms are caused by a tumor compressing the spinal cord, the doctor may take a biopsy (tissue sample) of the growth to determine if it is cancerous.

More information on spinal cord injury

What is spinal cord injury? - Spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the nerves within the spinal canal. Most SCI's are caused by trauma to the vertebral column.
What is the spinal cord? - The spinal cord is a part of the vertebrate nervous system that is enclosed in and protected by the vertebral column.
What causes spinal cord injury? - Spinal cord injury occurs from either a trauma (injury) or from a disease or infection to the neural tissue within the vertebral column.
What're the complications of spinal cord injury? - Aside from a loss of sensation and movement, patients with a spinal cord injury may also experience bladder and bowel complications.
What're the symptoms of spinal cord injury? - Symptoms of spinal cord injury depend upon the severity and location of the injury. Complications of injuries include deep vein thrombosis.
How is spinal cord injury diagnosed? - Diagnostic tests such as x-rays, computed tomography scans (CT scans), and magnetic resonance imaging scans of the spinal area can help diagnosis.
What's the treatment for spinal cord injury? - Rehabilitation after spinal cord injury seeks to prevent complications, promote recovery, and make the most of remaining function.
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