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What is the treatment for central cord syndrome?

Luke Macyszyn, MD
Neurosurgery
Treatment for central cord syndrome remains controversial. If there is obvious compression on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, some surgeons will advocate surgical decompression to relieve the pressure on the injured spinal cord. The mainstay treatment is observation in the intensive care unit (ICU) and elevation of the blood pressure to increase blood flow to the injured spinal cord.

There is no cure for central cord syndrome, nor is there a standard course of treatment, although drug therapy, surgery, and rest are often part of the program. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to indicate the degree of spinal cord compression and vertebral instability. Recent studies suggest that surgery can be beneficial in individuals with persistent compression of the spinal cord and ongoing neurological deterioration.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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