Semin Neurol 2021; 41(03): 247-255
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1725125
Review Article

Traumatic Spinal Cord Disorders: Current Topics and Future Directions

1  Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
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Yi Lu
1  Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
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Abstract

Traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) is a life-changing and potentially overwhelming event. The sudden disruption of the spinal cord's integrity necessitates rapid attention at a specialized medical center, and involves a multilateral collaboration between neurologists, spine surgeons, critical care physicians, and trauma specialists. Even with care under ideal conditions, many tSCI patients have significant disability that persists for the rest of their lives. However, recently, we have seen a proliferation in clinical and translational trials that offer the promise that new treatments may be available soon.



Publication History

Publication Date:
19 May 2021 (online)

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