Predicting recovery after traumatic spinal injuries

Takeaway

  • The electrophysiological integrity of midsagittal tissue bridges may predict recovery after traumatic spinal injury.

Why this matters

  • Recovery following spinal cord injury (SCI) is linked to the severity of neuronal tissue damage, however, the extent of damage is often difficult to measure due to edema and hemorrhage. The authors suggest that width of dorsal and ventral midsagittal tissue bridges measured as early as one month after the trauma can predict long-term functional recovery.
  • The dorsal and ventral midsagittal tissue bridges are thought to carry sensory and motor signals along the spinal cord.