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Summary of Strategies Used to Repair the Injured Spinal Cord

Gerta Vrbová and Urszula Sławin´ska

in Restorative Neurology of Spinal Cord Injury

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746507
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918768 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746507.003.0005
Summary of Strategies Used to Repair the Injured Spinal Cord

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At the Summer School for Biological Treatment of Chronic Spinal Cord Injury, held in Vienna in October 2008, some approaches tested on patients, based on experimental work on animals to encourage regeneration of axons in the central nervous system, were discussed. These included problems of overcoming the effect of the unfavorable environment of the injured spinal cord on axon regeneration; helping regeneration by implantation of various cell populations; and bypassing the unfavorable environment of the spinal cord by grafts of peripheral nerves. This chapter summarizes experimental results that led to these trials on patients.

Keywords: central nervous system; spinal cord injury; axon regeneration

Chapter.  19926 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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