Diseases of the Spine and Spinal Cord (Contemporary by Thomas N. Byrne

By Thomas N. Byrne

Illnesses of the backbone and Spinal wire reports the total spectrum of issues affecting this zone together with fundamental spinal tumors and metastases, an infection, degenerative illnesses, and trauma. proposing an inter-disciplinary standpoint, the booklet contains up to date details on remedy [including neurosurgical], new info on developmental issues of the backbone, and a definitive bankruptcy on trauma, together with info on biomechanics. A separate bankruptcy on discomfort syndromes is also integrated.

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The spinal cord gray matter is a butterfly-shaped structure surrounded by white matter, which contains the axons of ascending and descending tracts (Fig. 1-17). The central canal is a vestigial lumen lined by ependymal cells. The white matter tracts of the spinal cord are divided into the posterior, lateral, and anterior funiculi. Gray Matter The gray matter may be subdivided into an anterior horn, posterior horn, and intermediate zone (see Fig. 1-17). The somatic efferent neurons are located within the anterior horn and give rise to the axons that traverse the ventral roots.

Fig. 7 SUMMARY The most clinically relevant aspects of vertebral column and spinal cord anatomy are reviewed in Chapter 1. Back and neck pain affect the majority of individuals at some time in our lives. Such pain is often due to spondylosis and intervertebral disc disease, which invariably occur to a greater or lesser extent in older individuals in the lower cervical and lumbar spine. The reasons for this finding can be understood in terms of the anatomy and biomechanics of the vertebral column.

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