Spinal cord, disorders of

The spinal cord is the part of the nervous system that transmits nerve impulses between the brain and the rest of the body. Circulatory disorders occur as a result of spinal cord infarction through blockage of a major blood vessel, and in spinal cord haemorrhage. Various tumours can occur in and around the spinal cord, and inflammation of the spinal cord is associated with Guillan-Barre syndrome, poliomyeli- A distinction is made between tumours originating in the spinal cord itself (gliomas) or those originating in the spinal mucous membrane (meningiomas and neurinomas). Other types of tumour can exert pressure on the

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