A new study was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience that
explains how scientists have restored immune function in mice with autonomic
dysreflexia. This condition is common among people (and mice) with spinal
cord injuries. Although most people in Cleveland associate paralysis with
spinal cord injuries, there are a host of different conditions that are
associated with serious back injuries. This includes autonomic dysreflexia
or immune suppression.
Although researchers have only been working with mice and restoring immune
function, it can serve as the basis for future research and therapies
for humans with immune suppression caused by spinal cord injuries. These
future studies will take time, however, meaning many people with spinal
cord injuries will likely need continual medical care until their immune
systems can be boosted.
The cost of such extensive medical care can be overwhelming. Even with
the best insurance, paying for such treatment can push someone with spinal
cord injuries into debt. This is why many people in Ohio whose back injuries
were caused by someone else’s negligence file personal injury lawsuits
seeking compensation for their injuries and future medical treatments.
These lawsuits can also be extremely beneficial for anyone who was also
paralyzed by his or her back injuries.
In this recent study, scientists used a combination of drugs that reduced
the immune modulatory hormones that are created during autonomic dysreflexia.
Should similar treatments ever be available to humans it could go a long
way toward helping prevent people living with paralysis from developing
infections that others may more easily fight off.