Neuroprotection in Spinal Cord Injury
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Spinal cord injury (SCI) can lead to serious neurological disability and the most serious form of it is paraplegia or quadriplegia. The effects of SCI are extensive and adversely affect multiple organ systems including the sensorimotor, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive systems. The psycho-social effects are devastating, and the financial burden associated with SCI is staggering. As a result of advances in critical care and rehabilitation, the life span of these patients has been extended to as much as 40 years post-injury. However, there is no therapeutic measure available currently that enhances functional recovery significantly.
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