High cervical lateral spinal cord injury results in long-term ipsilateral hemidiaphragm paralysis.

@article{Vinit2006HighCL,
  title={High cervical lateral spinal cord injury results in long-term ipsilateral hemidiaphragm paralysis.},
  author={St{\'e}phane Vinit and Patrick Gauthier and Jean-claude Stamegna and Anne Kastner},
  journal={Journal of neurotrauma},
  year={2006},
  volume={23 7},
  pages={
          1137-46
        }
}
Although axon regeneration is limited in the central nervous system, partial lesions of the spinal cord induce neuroplasticity processes that can lead to spontaneous functional improvement. To determine whether such compensatory mechanisms occur in the respiratory system, we analyzed the incidence of partial injury of the cervical spinal cord on diaphragm activity in adult rats. We show that a section of the lateral area of the C2 cervical spinal cord induces complete phrenic nerve inactivation… CONTINUE READING

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