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Treatment for CRUSHED SPINAL CORD in accident.

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My brother t7 t8 discs are broken in accident and spinal nerve got crushed in between.
He lost the ability to feel anything below his stomach, is there a way to restore that?


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Expert:  Dr. Sudhir Kumar replied 4 Days.

Hello.
Thank you for posting your query on Doctorspring.com.
I have noted your brother's symptoms.
In the initial phase (within first 24-48 hours after the accident), surgery could be useful, in removing the compression over the spinal cord.
In the same period, high dose steroids (Methylprednisolone injections) can be given to reduce the swelling in the spinal cord.
After 48 hours of accident, the most common treatment method is physiotherapy and rehabilitation. This takes several months to 2-3 years to cause improvement.
A new treatment method is stem cell therapy, which is under investigation in some countries.
I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have further queries.
Best wishes, Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology) Senior Consultant Neurologist.


Patient replied :

It is already 4 days after the accident, the surgery is not yet performed.
I attaching the X-ray, could you please take a look at them and check if he can use his legs in life.
I reports are taken from phone so the are little unclear, the observation is "Antero Listhesis of D7 Over D8".
Reduced inter vertebral space between d7 and d8 noted.
Another report says "Grade III anterolisthesis of D7 over D8 noted with anterior displacement body and cord structure leading to contrusion over cord and myclomalacia changes"
I am attaching x-rays and reports over further reference


Expert:  Dr. Sudhir Kumar replied 3 Days.


Thank you for getting back and providing CT and MRI scan reports.
The report confirms damage to the spinal cord due to bone problems in the spine. As I mentioned, surgery would have helped if done on day 1 or 2 after the accident. Now that four days have passed, surgery is unlikely to result in any good benefits.
Best wishes,
Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist,
Institute of Neurosciences,
Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills,
Hyderabad- 500 033, India


Dr. Sudhir Kumar
Category: Pediatric Neurologist
Experience: 
Senior Residency, Fellowship: DM, Neurology, CMC, Vellore, 2001
Junior Residency: MD, Internal Medicine, CMC, Vellore, 1998
Medical School: MBBS, Christian Medical College, Vellore, 1995
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