L. S. Illis

in Spinal Cord Dysfunction: Volume II: Intervention and Treatment

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780192617873
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724312 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on various approaches to intervention and treatment of spinal chord dysfunction. The main research drive towards a cure for spinal injury will undoubtedly have an effect on the understanding and potential for treatment of all types of spinal dysfunction. Unfortunately, at present there is no evidence for regeneration of axons in the central nervous system of adult mammals. Growth inhibition, whether because of the innate characteristics of adult nerve cells or because of powerful inhibitory factors expressed by glia, is a major field of regeneration research. If such regeneration does become a possibility then further problems will become apparent, including those of target recognition.

Keywords: spinal chord dysfunction; spinal injury; central nervous system; axons; treatment; adult nerve cells

Chapter.  1764 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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