Spinal cord

The spinal cord is the large tether of nerve fibers that travels down the spine from the head to the tailbone. The spinal cord branches off at the “nerve roots” into the various local nerve systems that control all the parts of the body. The spinal cord may be damaged by various spinal disorders such as spinal injury, spinal stenosis, spinal disc herniation (“slipped disc”) and other spine disorders. Direct attack of the spinal cord occurs in demyelination disorders, multiple sclerosis, single sclerosis, etc. Read more about: Spinal cord disorders, Spinal disorders

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Spinal Cord: A cylindrical column of tissue that lies within the vertebral canal. It is composed of White Matter and Gray Matter.1

Anatomical Information about Spinal cord

The spinal cord connects the brain with nerves in most parts of the body.

The spinal cord is a column of nerve tissue that runs from the brain stem down the center of the back. It is covered by three thin layers of tissue called membranes. These membranes are surrounded by the vertebrae (back bones). Spinal cord nerves carry messages between the brain and the rest of the body, such as a message from the brain to cause muscles to move or a message from the skin to the brain to feel touch.

Source: NCI (NIH)2

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References

  1. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  2. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ brain/ patient/ child-brain-treatment-pdq
  3. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ spineinjuriesanddisorders.html
  4. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Slipped-disc/ 

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