J Korean Soc Traumatol.  2013 Sep;26(3):63-73.

Current Concept and Future of the Management of Spinal Cord Injury: A Systematic Review

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  • 1Department of Neurological Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. srjeon@amc.seoul.kr

Abstract

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a serious condition associated with social and familial burden, as well as significant neurologic deficit. Despite the many advances in the treatment of spinal cord injury, a fundamental treatment for neurologic functional recovery has not yet been developed. In this article, we review two directions of development for spinal cord injury treatment: neuroprotective pharmacological agents and axon-regenerating cell therapy. We expect developments in these two to lead to improve functional recovery in patients with spinal cord injuries and to reduce burdens on society, as well as the patients' families.

Keyword

Cell therapy; Pharmacologic therapy; Spinal cord injuries; Stem cell

MeSH Terms

Humans
Neurologic Manifestations
Spinal Cord Injuries*
Spinal Cord*
Stem Cells
Tissue Therapy
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