Spinal Cord Injury

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Can a individual lose his or her eyesight as a direct consequence of a spinal cord injury? If so, which set of vertebrae (cervical, thoracic, lumbar) are greater likely to have been injured?

Answer: A person can lose his/her eyesight due to the fact of spinal cord injury. The injury is most probable to have occurred on the cervical vertebrae. An injury to C2 can have an effect on the optic nerve resulting in total blindness or blurred vision.

a)L1- The affected person may not be able to walk due to paralysis or weakness of the legs, a condition known as paraplegia. the person may require external stabilization.

1.Find the prevalence and incidence in the U.S of the following disabling conditions: express prevalence in terms of percentage (i.e. X% of the U.S population has this condition) and incidence in terms of new cases per year in the U.S.

a)Huntington Disease (a genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain)
•Prevalence: It is estimated that one in nearly every 30,000 persons in U.S have Huntington’s disease. This is approximately 10,847 people representing 0.003% of the U.S population
•Incidence: A child born with any one of the affected parents has a 50% chance of contacting the disease.

b)Alzheimer (a type of dementia that causes problems with memory and behavior)
•Prevalence: Approximately 1.47% of the U.S population suffer from Alzheimer Disease. This represents nearly 4million Americans, implying that 1out of every 68 people are affected (Alzheimer’s Association, 2004).

c)Chronic fatigue syndrome (a complex disorder characterized by extreme fatigue)
•Prevalence: The U.S Centre for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 2.5 million people in the country have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This number represents 0.77% of the entire U.S population

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