What Is Myelopathy?

What Is Myelopathy?

You may have heard such a word, yet I wish you hadn’t. Because, the word “myelopathy” means “spinal cord injury”. That is to say, the spinal cord – which is formed by the nerves that go out from the brain, go through the spine and to the whole body and move our arms and legs, keep our abdomen and hips, tight – is damaged. The damage can be detected in MR (magnetic resonance) images as well as in electrophysiological measurements such as MEP (motor evoked potentials), SSEP (sensory evoked potentials), EMG (electromyography) and ENMG (electromyography).

It is imperative that immediate action be taken, urgent surgery if necessary. The aim is to correct as much of the existing damage as possible, at least to the extent that the damage stops progressing before the patient gets paralyzed irreversibly or starts not being able to hold urine and stool; which makes it impossible to keep the quality of life high.

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